The Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla was born on February 27, 1863 in Valencia. In nature, he drew earthly inspiration, drawing "living pictures", filled with natural colors, enriched with bright reality in sunny colors.
Joaquin was born in the family of a merchant and was named after him. The boy became an orphan at an early age, when the child's parents died of cholera. He was with his sister in the care of an aunt and uncle. My mother’s sister’s husband was a locksmith by profession. He tried to teach young Joaquin plumbing. But the boy was not interested in this specialty. All his strength was given to painting. Joaquin's childhood was difficult. He learned many difficulties, hardships and tribulations. Despite everything, the boy was strong in spirit and courageously endured all life's trials.
The young artist was very fond of the world, nature, people, animals, the village. His soul was thin, sensitive, vulnerable. He wore all his impressions and experiences in his heart and expressed in artwork. Joaquin graduated from the School of Fine Arts in his native Valencia. Uncle helped him financially while he could. When a relative had financial difficulties, Joaquin himself tried to earn a living. He painted paintings for sale to pay tuition. Then he studied at the school of crafts, attended evening classes. For excellent study at the graduation party, he received a gift from the teachers of the educational institution - a set of paints. It was a great joy for him !!!
For fourteen years, the young man studied painting with the artist and director of the Prado National Museum of European Fine Art in Spain. At eighteen, he left for Madrid. There, fate brought him together with other artists. He studied with interest the art of the masters of painting at the Prado Museum. These masterpieces conquered and inspired him!
At 22, he was very lucky! After serving military service, Sorolla received a subsidy from the Spanish Academy, which allowed him to undergo training in painting in Rome. Joaquin loved to travel. He visited Paris, got acquainted with the life of French and German artists. He idolized their works! H. Sorolla exhibited his copyrighted works in the famous Paris Salon. They were admired by the public. For his masterpieces, the artist was awarded honorary gold medals and the Grand Prix.
Joaquin Sorolla gained popularity not only in Europe but also in America! The glory of the artist flew around the globe. He organized solo exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, Dusseldorf, London, New York, Chicago and other cities. At the Paris solo exhibition, he presented 500 different artworks. His creative work was highly appreciated by society. For such tremendous work and contribution to art, he received the award of the Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor. At 56, Sorolla became a famous professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of the Spanish city of San Fernando. For many of his works, he received prizes.
Joaquin was married. From marriage, he had three wonderful children. The spouses grew up with two daughters, Maria, Elena and a son, Joaquin, named after him. The artist loved to paint his family, wife Clotilde and children. Especially amazing were the stories on the sea beach. Here he used bright colors, scales of intermediate tones and chiaroscuro. Brush painting complemented the overall background of the painting with originality. With great pleasure, he painted portraits of relatives, children, neighbors, fishermen, and even the president of the United States of America of the past. He perfectly succeeded in scenes of rural life, in them he found a special originality.
Painting was his guiding star, beckoned with its beauty, captivated by charm, carried away into the cosmic distances of the Universe. The brush master had an extraordinary creative energy and loved the whole world, finding in every person the innermost miracle of earthly harmony. It helped him a lot in life, since he saw friends and like-minded people in people.
In 1920, the artist suffered a stroke. An insidious, dangerous illness caught him at the easel in the garden of his house. Sorolya became seriously ill and died in the summer of 1923. His works have received great public recognition and are in many countries around the world.