Joaquín Sorolla. On the beach. San Sebastián, 1900. Sorolla Museum

Sorolla. Travelling to paint

Exhibition - Painting

“Sorolla. Traveling to paint“ is an original exhibition project aiming to bring the works of the famous master of light to the places where they were created. Promoted by the Sorolla Museum and the Sorolla Museum Foundation, it is part of the program of activities commemorating the centenary of the artist's death. It is certainly a well-deserved tribute to Joaquín Sorolla, the great Spanish plein-air painter and indefatigable traveller.

Through his paintings and landscapes, Sorolla acted as an artistic ambassador and defined an image of Spain that still lives on in the collective imagination. A modern and cosmopolitan painter, he was a tireless traveller who did not hesitate to go to the summer resorts of the bourgeoisie, to the different coasts bathed by his beloved Mediterranean Sea or to the rural areas of the interior, to be inspired by its beauty and diversity of colours and landscapes. With his particular view and depiction of Spain, he became the faithful chronicler of an era at the crossroads of the birth of the modern world. On the occasion of the Sorolla Centenary, under the title ”Sorolla. Traveling to paint“ encompasses a series of exhibitions that will take the works of the Valencian painter to those places where they were created. San Sebastián, Seville, Toledo, Mallorca or Valladolid are some of the cities holding exhibitions.

Travelling to paint. Sorolla in San Sebastián

The first one takes place from 17 June to 15 October 2023 at the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastián, the city where Joaquín Sorolla summered intermittently with his family for more than thirty years.The exhibition presents a careful selection of the famous series of views of ”The Breakwater“, with Mount Ulía, and landscapes of inland San Sebastián, Orolla's main sources of inspiration. They are canvases displaying a softer and more nuanced colour range, more in keeping with the changing light of the Cantabrian Sea.Sorolla also found in San Sebastián the right place to paint his little notes of colour, and thus act as the shrewd social chronicler he was throughout his career. With his paintings, he was able to capture the modernity and cosmopolitan atmosphere of a city that opened up to the world as the main spa city in Spain.


In images

Sorolla. Travelling to paint

San Telmo Municipal Museum

Plaza Zuloaga 1

20003  Donostia-San Sebastián, San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa  (Basque Country)