SOROLLA’S VALENCIA

Friday, May 22, 2020 (All day)

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Time:       10:30 for 10.45 – 3:30
Venue:     Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury WC1N 3AT
Tutor:       Anne Anderson
Cost:        £36 (including coffee and biscuits)
   
This day of special interest follows on from the highly acclaimed exhibition held at the National Gallery, London in 2019.  In his day Sorolla (1863-1923) was acclaimed for his dexterous representation of people and landscapes under the bright sunlight of his native land.  Sorolla and his sister were orphaned at an early age but his talent recognised and he was awarded a grant which enabled him to study for four years in Rome. His art looks fast; Sorolla was known to be quick, not least because he normally worked outdoors, even when painting on vast canvases.
Sorolla’s break-through was but one aspect of Valencia’s fin de siècle culture. Modernisme Valencià was comparable to developments taking place in Barcelona in literature, art and architecture.   Sorolla’s Valencia had opened its eyes to modernity, aided and abetted by both prosperity and a desire to assert Catalan identity. The city was transformed by the architects Demetrio Ribes Marco (1875-1921) and Francisco Mora Berenguer (1875-1961), who was appointed the municipal architect.   Typically, Modernisme Valencià used modern materials, iron, glass and ceramics.  As in Barcelona, mosaics played their part in decorating exteriors and interiors, most notably the famous railway station, Valencia North.  Famous in his day, Sorolla’s reputation was eclipsed by Cubism and Abstraction, but like his contemporaries, Sorolla has been reestablished, his art seen to embody the modernity of the fin de siècle.
Three sessions: 1)  Modernisme Valencià: architecture and design; 

                           2) Sorolla: painting quickly out of doors;

                           3) Visions of Spain 

Contact:susanbranfield@waitrose.com

 

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