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Past exhibition

Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light

18 March – 7 July 2019

Admission charge

Location: Sainsbury Wing

The first UK exhibition of Spain's Impressionist, Sorolla, in over a century.

Known as the 'master of light' for his iridescent canvases, this is a rare opportunity to see the most complete exhibition of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida's (1863–1923) paintings outside Spain.

From the vivid seascapes, garden views, and bather scenes for which he is most renowned, to portraits, landscapes and genre scenes of Spanish life, the exhibition features 58 works spanning Sorolla's career – many of which are travelling from private collections and from afar.

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery and the National Gallery of Ireland, in collaboration with Museo Sorolla.

Image above: Detail from Joaquín Sorolla, 'Sewing the Sail (Cosiendo la vela)', 1896, Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna di Ca' Pesaro, Venice. 2018 Photo Archive - Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

Exhibition supported by



Hannah Rothschild CBE

Dr Nicola Coldstream

Evening Standard
‘One of Spain’s great unsung heroes gets the showcase he deserves.’

The Telegraph
‘Ecstatic celebrations of life by the sea.’

The Times
‘A sun-drenched treat.’

Find out more

What you need to know about Sorolla

What you need to know about Sorolla

He’s one of Spain’s most celebrated artists, but is less well known outside of his home country. Here’s what you need to know about the artist dubbed Spain's Impressionist
Exhibition insight

Exhibition insight

Gain an insight into the first major exhibition of Sorolla’s paintings in the UK since 1908
Bright colours, bold brushstrokes, and unexpected angles

Bright colours, bold brushstrokes, and unexpected angles

Famous for his technical virtuosity; his skill at painting the fleeting effects of light, we take a look at the main aspects of Sorolla's technique


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Unlimited exhibition entry for two named individuals living at the same address.

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