Joaquín Sorolla: Light for Art’s Sake or How the Sun Became Paint

Rada Georgieva
Aug 27, 2020 · 6 min read

‘Light is the life of everything it touches’. These words were the guiding principle of the oeuvre of the Spanish luminist painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923), whose prolific artistic output is paradigmatic of the varying modernist tendencies of fin-de-siecle Europe. Luminism in itself, a term often criticized by art historians for its rather arbitrary usage, is considered in its modern variant a derivation of Impressionism. It differs from Impressionism chiefly by a preserved adherence to line and figuration. Impressionist painting…