Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) was a Spanish Painter from Valencia who excelled in painting portraits, landscapes, and social themes. One of his paintings, Sad Inheritance depicted crippled children bathing at the sea and earned Joaquín great recognition. He expertly depicted shimmering light and other lighting effects in his paintings. Other notable paintings included the Portrait of Dr. Simarro at the microscope and research which linked art and science. Although not as creative as other genres, Sorolla painted a large number of portraits which was a profitable endeavor in that era. Our pattern set for Joaquín Sorolla includes a broad set of paintings including Children on the Seashore, Sad Inheritance, Another Marguerite, Portrait of Mr. Taft, Portrait of Lawyer Don Silverio de la Torre y Agua, Valenican Fishergirl, Castle of La Mota Medina del Camp, The Virgin Mary, Portrait of Dr. Simarro at the Microscope, and Beach at Valencia.

Patterns Included In This Set:


Children on the Seashore

Beach at Valencia

Walk on the Beach


Sad Inheritance

Another Marguerite

The Return from Fishing


Portrait of Dr. Simarro at the Microscope


My Family


Portrait of Mr Taft

Maria at La Granja

Portrait of King Alfonio XIII


Portrait of Louis Comfort Tiffany

My Wife and Daughters in the Garden

Portrait of Jos Luis Lpez de Arana Benlliurea


The Virgin Mary

Child's Siesta

On the Sand


Portrait of Basel Mundy

Valencia's Port

Rocks at Javea


The Wounded Foot

Hall of Ambassadors

Head of an Italian Girl


Portrait of Lawyer Don Silverio de la Torre y Agua

Valencian Fisherman



Going for a Swim - Valencia

The Two Sisters

In the Rowing Boat


Valencian Fishergirl

Portrait of a Gentleman

Castle of La Mota Medina del Camp


Self Portrait

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Valencia was center stage for world-renowned artist Joaqun Sorolla. Though the Spanish painter's career afforded him a life of worldwide travel and notoriety, the passion that fueled his art was his homeland. Through his portrait art and landscape paintings, he explored people, locations and historical scenes familiar to Spaniards and captivating to foreigners.

Sorolla's career, like his personal life, seemed very fulfilling. By the time he reached 30 years of age, he had already received national recognition for his artwork and was approaching an era of worldwide fame. In the following years, his work was exhibited in art capitals like Madrid, Paris, Venice, Munich, Berlin and Chicago. When he was only 40-years-old, he was donning major awards and became known as one of the "western world's greatest living artists."

His list of accomplishments is great but, when realizing he started life as an orphan, born in 1863, the heights of his fame seem that much greater. Joaqun Sorolla was only two years old when, it is believed, his parents passed away from cholera. At that time, he and his sister went into the care of his maternal aunt and uncle.

Whatever obstacles he faced were quickly overcome as he showed much artistic talent by age nine. At 14 he was studying art with teachers Cayetano Capuz and Salustiano Asenjo. His first awards started coming at age 15, from the Academy of Valencia. This may have been the reason he was able to travel to Madrid when he was 18 to study painting at the infamous Spanish Museum, El Prado.

After dedicating some time to his studies, Sorolla served in the military. But by age 22 he was freed from his duty and found himself painting in Rome, Italy. He followed this trip with a long stay in Paris where he was likely exposed to modern paintings by Jules Bastien-Lepage and Adolf von Menzel.

In 1888, Sorolla returned to Valencia to marry the daughter of photographer Antonio Garcia. Before long, he and his wife, Clotilde, had three children: Maria, Joaqun and Elena.

Sorolla's career took him and his flourishing family to Madrid. It was there that his career began to take stride. During this era of life, his art was predominately focused on social subjects and historical happenings, as well as concepts that were considered mythological and oriental. He painted these works on large canvases and began to showcase them around the world.

It could be said that Sorolla had a "big break" in 1893 when he submitted his work to the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. From there, in year 1900, he displayed art at Paris Universal Exhibition. Later, he was asked to showcase artwork at the Hispanic Society of New York, which would take Sorolla's work on a tour of the United States. As a result of this honor, Joaqun Sorolla was invited to the White House where he sat President Taft for a portrait.

In 1911, the Spanish painter was asked by the Hispanic Society of America to create a large piece of art displaying the customs and cultures that existed in various parts of Spain. Sorolla would spend the next eight years of his life consumed by this project before suffering a severe stroke.

Three years after his stroke, Sorolla passed away on August 10, 1923.

Today, the memory of Joaqun Sorolla lives on in art history. Unfortunately, some of his admirers believe he is not as famous as he ought to be. Aside from his little notoriety in the new millennium, the Spanish painter far surpassed the life that most orphans lived at the turn of the century. From his birth in 1863 to death in 1923, Joaqun Sorolla used his natural talent, drive and skill to promote his art and native land for the world to see.

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - The Master of Light

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida - The Complete Works

The San Diego Museum of Art

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