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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.’

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