JOAQUÍN SOROLLA – Spain´s master of light at Kunsthalle

“Spain’s Master of Light” at the Kunsthalle in Munich is the first comprehensive retrospective in Germany dedicated to Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla (1863–1923). Considered the most important Spanish artist of the turn of the century, Sorolla’s talent for capturing the light of the Mediterranean on canvas bought him fame throughout Europe and the USA. 

The Kunsthalle retrospective traces Sorolla’s career from his early social realist works, through his Impressionist-influenced period, to the maturing of his art into his own unique style. Comprising 120 works, the exhibition explores the recurring themes of Sorolla’s oeuvre, with a particularly on the large-format paintings that attracted much attention in the Paris Salon.

“Spain’s Master of Light” unites paintings personally by Sorolla selected for his European exhibitions that serve as examples of his skill as a draughtsman, his distinctive style, and his modernity. The beach scenes highlight his masterly depiction of the sea; the Spanish landscapes emphasize his use of modern color contrasts; and his consummate portraits showcase his technical mastery. The paintings and oil sketches are borrowed from private collections and museums worldwide, with most being shown in Germany for the first time.

Open from 04.03 – 03.07.2016 (10.00 t0 20.00)

Kunsthalle Munich, Theatinerstraße 8 – In den Fünf Höfen

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