Joaquín Sorolla

Los paisajes de Sorolla

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One of Joaquín Sorolla's great passions was painting outdoors, using nature as a model, a predilection he discovered at a very young age, when he was a student; even then, many of his classmates told how the young Sorolla, before starting classes at eight in the morning, had already come from the outskirts of Valencia, where he would go to paint landscapes.

As a tribute to this great passion of the Valencian painter to paint outdoors, Artika and the Sorolla Foundation present Sorolla’s Landscapes. A journey by the hand of the great artist through the places and scenes that he traveled, painted and loved throughout his life, through a selection of drawings, in a limited and numbered edition of 2,998 copies.

An Art Book, bound in cotton cloth that simulates a canvas, with the reproduction of a detail of the painting Vendimiando.

Jerez (1914), shows 71 drawings, reproduced in facsimile format with a landscape theme, die-cut according to the originals and pasted on the book. The careful selection, made by the Sorolla Museum, shows all the types of landscapes sketched by the artist and the different techniques used: pencil, charcoal, ink, chalk, watercolor or gouache.

«The volume is organized into six chapters that open with large-format foldouts, reproductions of paintings by Sorolla related to the landscape.»

A book of studies, which by itself is a unique work, brings us closer to the life and work of the artist, allowing us to understand it from the hand of the leading experts, among which are the great-granddaughter of the painter, Blanca Pons-Sorolla, researchers from the Sorolla Museum or the Head of Conservation of 19th century painting at the Prado Museum.

Sorolla’s Landscapes incorporates two prints of high artistic value presented in Art Folders that have been conceived to be exhibited individually. Two drawings in two of the techniques most used by Sorolla, one in pencil, Orillas del Tajo, Villaseca (1882-1888) and with the mixed technique of pencil and watercolor, Paisaje con río y dos torres (1882).

All the elements are presented in a striking case, handmade and composed of two pieces of methacrylate 2.5 cm thick, and with his engraved signature. An open window to the landscapes that Sorolla inhabited, enjoyed and painted.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

CASE

  • Two methacrylate plates of 41 x 53 x 12.5 cm.
  • Thickness of the plates: 2.5 cm.
  • Union with sides with oxidized iron trims and closing with neodymium magnets.
  • Laser printing in one ink with Sorolla’s signature.
  • Weight empty: 15.5 kg.

ART BOOK

  • Outer format: 35,3 x 45,7 cm.
  • Number of pages: 204
  • Total facsimiles: 71 die-cuts
  • Folding: six; open size, 89,6 x 69 cm
  • Paper of the book: Tintoretto Gesso, 200 g
  • Paper of the foldouts. Tintoretto Gesso, 140g
  • Paper for facsimiles: Old Mill Bianco, 100 g
  • Printing of book and fold-outs: five colors
  • Binding: hard cover, stitched with cotton thread
  • Cover: cotton cloth printed in six inks

STUDY BOOK

  • Format: 35,3 x 45,7 cm.
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Paper: tatami white, 170 g
  • Printing: five inks
  • Binding: stitched and paperback

ART FOLDER

  • 2 protective diptychs
  • Format: 35,3 x 45,7 cm
  • 2 art sheets
  • Printing: four color drawings
  • Facsimile paper: Old Mill Bianco, 100g

PRODUCTION PROCESS

Expert technicians adjust and correct color proofs, which allow the final printing plates to be modified. One by one, the drawings are analyzed and rejected if they do not meet the requirements.

The plates, die-cut according to the originals, are glued with three dots of glue on the pages of the book. On the back, next to the seal of the Sorolla Museum, the copy number appears.

Given its dimensions, the book’s cover has been hand-sewn with high quality cotton thread by expert craftsmen.

The fold-outs present each of the six chapters into which the Art Book is divided, joined to the book by hand using a specific gluing system.

Before placing the covers and for perfect adherence, the spine is molded and the upper and lower parts are reinforced with cotton headers.

A cotton cloth, which reproduces the texture of the canvas, serves as a base for the six-color digital printing of the book cover, highlighting the intensity and tonality of the original painting.

Each piece of printed fabric is cut to the size of the book for binding. The printed motif is an enlargement of a detail from Sorolla’s painting Vendimiano. Jerez (1914)

The Art Book is bound, by hand, with laminated cardboard over the flyleaves of the book, a layer of foam and the printed cloth.

The methacrylate plates that form the case have been made especially for this project with a degree of transparency of 98% and 2.5 cm thick.

The front plate of the case is engraved with the artist’s signature on the inside. The laser beam generates a translucent throne that will stand out against the colorful background of the cover.

The iron with which the two methacrylate plates are joined undergoes a process of provoked oxidation, in which traces of ochre colors intervene so that the result is reminiscent of Castilian landscapes.

With a special glue the two plates are joined together and then the oxidized iron plate is placed. Magnets are used to attach the removable side.

Joaquín Sorolla

Joaquín Sorolla

(1863-1923) A lover of open-air painting, light, and the colors of the Mediterranean, Sorolla is the maximum expression of Spanish luminism. His fame soon spread beyond Spanish borders to Europe and the United States, where he exhibited on several occasions.

Sorolla is known for painting in an impressionistic way, both sea scenes and landscapes, for him nature was his workshop and inspiration. In addition, he became the most sought-after portraitist of the time, from the royal family to the personalities of politics, the arts or the economy.

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