(1863-1923) A lover of outdoor painting, light and the colours of the Mediterranean, Sorolla represents the zenith of Spanish Luminism. His fame soon travelled beyond his own country to spread through Europe and the United States, where he held several exhibitions. Sorolla is known for painting in an impressionistic style, including both sea scenes and landscapes. Nature was his workshop and his inspiration. He also became the most sought-after portraitist of his time, producing portraits of members of the Royal family and figures from the world of politics, the arts, and economics.
Los paisajes de Sorolla
One of Joaquín Sorolla’s greatest passions was painting outdoors, using nature as his model, a predilection that he discovered in his youth, as a student. Many of his fellow students have recounted that before classes began at 8 o’clock in the morning, Sorolla would be out wandering around the outskirts of Valencia, looking for good locations to paint landscapes.
In homage to the Valencian artist’s great love for painting in the open air, Artika and the Sorolla Foundation are delighted to present Los paisajes de Sorolla (Sorolla’s landscapes). This book represents a journey guided by the great artist through the places and settings that he wandered through, painted, and loved throughout his life, in the form of a selection of drawings, in a single, limited edition of 2,998 numbered copies.
An Art Book, bound in cotton fabric that resembles a canvas and featuring a reproduction of part of the painting Vendimiando. Jerez (The grape harvest. Jerez, 1914), contains 71 drawings which follow the theme of landscapes. They are reproduced in facsimile format, die-cut like the originals and glued into the book. The painstaking selection of works, carried out by the Sorolla Museum, shows all the different kinds of landscapes the artist produced, as well as the different techniques he used, including pencil, charcoal, ink, chalk, watercolours and gouache.
The volume is divided up into six chapters which contain large format fold-out reproductions of paintings by Sorolla, all with a landscape-related theme.
A Study Book (which is in itself a unique work) helps the reader to explore the artist’s life and work, thanks to explanations and criticism from leading experts, including the painter’s great-granddaughter, Blanca Pons-Sorolla, researchers at the Sorolla Museum and the Director for the Conservation of 19th-century Paintings at the Prado Museum.
Los paisajes de Sorolla includes two plates with great artistic value, presented in Art Folders that are designed so the plates can be exhibited individually. These two drawings feature two of the techniques most commonly used by Sorolla – one in pencil, Orillas del Tajo, Villaseca (On the banks of the Tajo, Villaseca, 1882-1888), while the other uses the combined technique of pencil and watercolours: Paisaje con río y dos torres (Landscape with river and two towers, 1882).
All the items are presented in an impressive case, handmade and comprised of two polymethacrylate pieces, 2.5 cm thick, and featuring an engraving of the artist’s signature. It represents a window on to the landscapes that Sorolla explored, enjoyed and painted.
El Mar de Sorolla
In conjunction with ARTIKA, the Sorolla Museum Foundation has published this unique, exclusive work to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the grand master of light, and which is based on the main theme in his painting – his great passion, the sea.
The drawings are the main focus of El Mar de Sorolla (Sorolla’s Sea), and specifically the facsimile reproductions of 69 of the artist’s original drawings, produced in pencil, graphite, charcoal and chalk, and selected by the museum’s technical director, who chose them for their subject matter – the sea - and their great artistic value. They are presented in the Book of Art, a volume bound in cotton cloth and with an enlarged detail of the painting El balandrito (The Little Yacht) screenprinted on the cover.
In addition, the work includes the Study Book, a unique work that helps the reader to explore and understand the 69 drawings, their technique, meaning and context, as explained by some of the leading experts on the work of the Valencian painter, and which include the Director of the Museo Sorolla and the great grand-daughter of the artist.
And to top it all off, there is an Art Folder containing a reproduction of two drawings by the master artist: Pescadoras Barcelonesas(Barcelona fisherwomen) and Barca en la Playa (Boat on the Beach. These can be displayed, together with the books, in the eye-catching transparent case and display unit of this unique, limited, numbered and exclusive work.