1884: The Spanish government acquired his first historical painting when he was 20
1909: Painted William Howard Taft portrait, who then became president of the USA
1912: Commissinned 'Vision of Spain' by the Hispanic Society for its library in NYC
1932: The Sorolla Museum opened in the artist's former house in Madrid
"I could not paint at all if I had to paint slowly. Every effect is so transient, it must be rapidly painted"
Known as « the painter of light », Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), is one of the main figures in the history of Spanish art and one of the most internationally famous painters of his time. He is most known for his impressionism inspired paintings, portraying both the Spanish people and landscapes under the bright sun.
Sorolla’s art education started quite early. He began his first art lessons at just age 9. By