Sorolla Museum in Madrid. Exhibitions during October 2012
Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (27 February 1863 – 10 August 1923) is a fantastic artist from the Mediterranean city of Valencia (Spain). He painted in several styles (taking as a starting point Impressionism), although Sorolla is best known for his beautifully lit Mediterranean beach pictures which show calm and daily scenes, mostly of the sea, children, and elegant ladies.
Joaquin Sorolla was a successful artist who led a comfortable life. He lived in a beautiful house built in the years of 1910 and 1911 surrounded by an Andalusian-style garden which Sorolla designed.
This house was converted into the Sorolla Museum after the death of his widow and it was declared Spanish ‘Bien de Interes Cultural ‘ in 1962.
It’s a really interesting museum because it has been left as it was when the artist died in 1923, and many of his best paintings are displayed inside. The Sorolla Museum also remains in place the canvas the artist was painting just before he died, with brushes next to the unfinished work.
All of his styles are represented in the Sorolla Museum, including some noteworthy portraiture. He was also an art collector, and the objects he amassed in his lifetime (such as ceramics, jewelry and tiles) are also on display.
Exhibitions during October 2012
Until October 14: ‘Clotilde Sorolla’ (Joaquin Sorolla’s wife)
October 6, 20 and 27 (Saturdays: For Children): ‘Mysteries in the Garden’
October 4, 11, 18 and 25 (Thursdays): ‘Triana tiles in Sorolla’s Garden’
Address: General Martínez Campos, 37, 28010 Madrid
Tel: 91 3101584
– Tuesday to saturday: 9:30am to 8pm
– Sundays and public holidays: 10am to 3pm
– closed Monday, 1st January, 1st May, 24th, 25th & 31st December and 2 local holidays to be determined.
– Free with the Madrid Card. Click for more information
– General entrance fee: 3 euros (discounts for students, under 18’s and pensioners)
Metro: Iglesia (line 1), Rubén Darío (line 5) or Gregorio Marañón (lines 7 and 10)