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Sorolla, Painter of Sunlight, returns to London Gail Turner Thursday 04 April 2019

The Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) was a phenomenal international success in his own lifetime. His paintings of fishermen, his beach scenes, portraits and regional studies of Spain – all permeated by colour and light – were eagerly bought in his lifetime by European and American collectors. Today his work is less well known, though occasionally one of his paintings comes up for sale in a major auction house and hits the headlines, and it still delights.  He was grounded in Spanish traditions of realism, but was influenced by Impressionism and open to the ideas of the contemporary avant-garde.  His passion was painting sunlit scenes, so there is a wonderful optimism about his works.  His former home and studio is now one of Madrid’s most popular small museums, and his work in the Hispanic Society in New York is a major attraction there.  The National Gallery in London is holding an exhibition of his work from 18 March - 7 July 2019.


Gail Turner  Historian, art historian, and painter. Lecturer for The Arts Society since 1992, lectures regularly for the V&A High Renaissance and Baroque course, Art Pursuits, and the Art Fund. Has taught on Cambridge University International Summer Schools, the Courtauld Institute Summer Courses, Inscape, Gainsborough’s House and other arts organisations. She has led tours to Spain for The Arts Society and other tour companies. Lectured in the Prado and Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid 1983-5, was Deputy Curator of Keats Shelley Memorial House, Rome 1978-80, manager of the Courtauld Slide Scheme 1977, and a Christie’s consultant (Ill. MSS) 1976. In 2015 Gail was awarded the Encomienda de Isabel la Catolica (the equivalent of the CBE) by the King of Spain for promoting Spanish culture among British audiences.

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