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Museum of Ancient Art goes ‘Terra Adentro’ with exhibition dedicated to Sorolla

The Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla will be the target of the exhibition ‘Terra Adentro’, at the National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon, to be opened to the public on December 7, today published the Portuguese museum on its official website ‘online’.

The exhibition will gather more than a hundred paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), the master born in Valencia, known in Spain as “the great painter of light.”

Organized in partnership with the Sorolla Museum in Madrid and curated by Professor Carmen Pena, “Terra Adentro – Sorolla’s Spain” will gather paintings from the collection of the Spanish museum and private collections in Spain, according to information published by the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA).

“This is an enlarged and enriched version of the 2016 exhibition ‘Sorolla, Tierra Adentro’, which in Madrid showed how Sorolla introduced new versions of the various Spanish landscapes, giving them a new meaning and meaning”, writes the MNAA, in the page dedicated to the shows, on the internet.

According to the “Janelas Verdes” museum, “the landscapes that the Spanish master of the” open air “and the” intense light “performed during his travels in Spain from the turn of the century to the twentieth century, from his native Valencia to the Basque Country and to Andalusia “.

Sorolla then participated “in a cultural movement that sought another image of the country, oblivious of the historicist representation of past glories and finding it in the pure landscape, both in the regions of the peninsular periphery and in the fields of the Channel or Castile and its monuments”, explains the MNAA.

The selection of pieces includes some fundamental paintings of its “brand image”, guarantees the Portuguese museum: the seaside scenes on Levante beaches, the summer jokes of children and young vacationers, and the work of fishermen on the coasts of Valence.

“Sorolla is one of the great figures of modern European painting and continues to be very poorly known in Portugal,” writes the MNAA, who in 2015 at the temporary exhibition on the Masaveu Collection devoted much of the final room to Sorolla’s painting.

“This is an opportunity to contact a fundamental nucleus of Sorolla’s work,” even before the great anthological exhibition that the National Gallery of London prepares for the spring of 2019, dedicated to the Spanish painter.

Joaquín Sorolla was born on February 27, 1863, in Valencia, Spain, and died on August 10, 1923, in Cercedilla, in the region of Madrid.

A graduate of the Academy of San Carlos in Valencia, he studied in Rome and Paris, assimilating the impressionism of the time, which transformed into a personal approach, dominated by contrasts of light and shadow, brilliant colors and vigorous brushstrokes that mark movement, texture of the fabrics and materials portrayed, and the transparency of seawater.

Sorolla paints scenes from everyday life, often as if they were snapshots, narratives in which a social approach is recognized – particularly in the early works -, a certain irony or sense of humour, but above all, the testimony of ways of life of the time.

Sorolla’s first solo exhibition outside of Spain took place in the United States of America in 1909 at the Hispanic Society of New York.

The success of the critics opened other international stages to the painter and caused the American President William Taft to choose him to make his official portrait.

The exhibition at the MNAA, in Lisbon, has a closing date scheduled for March 31, 2019.

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