The works of Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla have begun to arrive at the Bancaja Foundation in Valencia in preparation for the showcase. The painter has special prominence this year in the annual programme of the Bancaja Foundation as part of the ‘Sorolla Year’ celebration, commemorating his death 100 years on.
The exposition, curated by Carlos Reyero, is composed of 100 canvases painted by the renowned Valencian artist. The doors will open on 5th May 2023, where art-lovers can experience the famous paintings, many of which are being exhibited for the first time in Valencia.
Famed for his colourful Spanish beach scenes, Sorolla has been labelled the ‘master of light’ for his ‘uncanny ability’ to ‘capture the effects of blazing Mediterranean sunlight’.
Though this exhibition has a twist: ‘Sorolla in black’ draws attention to the painter’s use of the colour black within his works, despite his notable talent for using light and colour to portray realistic scenes. The exhibition explores an element of Sorolla’s work that is often overlooked and appreciates the aesthetic uses of darkness within his paintings.
The exhibition brings together canvases which were originally exhibited at the Sorolla museum in Madrid, 2022, though now comes to Valencia in a more expanded form. The paintings have been collected from different institutions from across Spain, in addition to works from the Bancaja foundation itself and some twenty private collections.
Report by Emily Bray
Article copyright ‘24/7 Valencia’
‘SORALLA IN BLACK’ EXHIBITION
Plaza de Tetuán, 23 ,Valencia
5th May 2023 – 10th September 2023
Tuesdays – Sundays 10am – 2pm & 4.30pm – 8.30pm