Dates: Monday 9, 16, 23 November 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Venue: All 3 lectures will be via ZOOM
Lecturer: Anne Anderson
Cost: £10 per lecture or £25 for all three lectures
To obtain tickets for this Zoom study course please email Susan Branfield
Please note: ZOOM links will be sent to participants at the beginning of November
No cheques will be banked until all 3 sessions have been completed.
This series of three interconnected lectures follows on from the highly acclaimed exhibition held at the National Gallery, London in 2019: Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light. For many this will have been their first experience of ‘Spain’s John Singer Sargent’. In his day Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) was acclaimed for his dexterous representation of people and landscapes under the bright sunlight of his native land. Sorolla's work is often exhibited together with that of his contemporaries and friends, Sargent, Anders Zorn and Severin Peder Kroyer. The 17th century Spanish artist Diego Velazquez influenced their painterly style, all four artists known for their bravura technique. Born in Valencia, Sorolla and his sister were orphaned at an early age. His talent recognised, Sorolla was awarded a grant which enabled him to study in Rome. An extended sojourn in Paris in 1885 provided his first exposure to modern painting. He created a highly coloured, luminous, interpretation of impressionism, with many paintings lit and composed like snapshots. His art looks fast; Sorolla was known to be quick, not least because he normally worked outdoors, even when painting on vast canvases. Famous in his day, Sorolla’s reputation was eclipsed by Cubism and Abstraction. But like his contemporaries, Sorolla has been recuperated, his art seen to embody the modernity of the fin de siècle.