Joaquín Sorolla, Spanish Impressionist artist whose paintings have sold at auction for over $6 million, is having his first retrospective exhibition, ‘Sorolla and America,’ at the Meadows Museum, December 13, 2013 – April 19, 2014, and will then travel to the Meadows’ partners at The San Diego Museum of Art and Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid.
The show will encompass Sorolla’s work while painting in America in the early 1900’s. Almost 160 works, including many of his most iconic paintings as well as works never before exhibited to the public will be shown.
Thanks to his great-granddaughter, Blanca Pons-Sorolla, her hard efforts in locating over 100 works that’s locations have disappeared from public knowledge since first exhibiting in the US, including forty works that have never been publicly displayed have been found with and are set to show at the exhibition. Some of these never before exhibited works include portrait commissions of US presidents, William Howard Taft and Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Mark A. Roglán, The Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows states in the press release, “Based in the United States and with strong ties to Spain, the Meadows Museum is uniquely well suited to present the first exhibition examining the reciprocal influence Sorolla had on America and America had on Sorolla,”… “The research Blanca Pons-Sorolla has done to uncover works that have survived in private homes, coupled with our own collection of Sorolla works, will allow us to present the pivotal artist in a way no one has seen him in the last century.”
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