The Museo Sorolla is a lesser-known, smaller, yet more intimate museum dedicated to the paintings and objects belonging to Joaquín Sorolla Bastida (27 February 1863 – 10 August 1923). Sorolla was a native of Valencia, but at the age of 18 moved to Madrid to study at the Museo del Prado. His art career spanned from the time he was 9 until he suffered a stroke while painting in his garden at his home in Madrid. For almost 50 years Sorolla produced highly popular paintings of personal as well as historically and socially conscious matter. He excelled at portraiture as well as landscapes and was well known for his reproduction of natural light in his paintings. He travelled the entirety of Europe for commissions, however he often gave his native land loving preference in his work. His maturity as an artist marked him as a master of naturalism and impressionism.
The Museo Sorolla houses a number of paintings of a personal matter to the painter, with his wife and children posing as the subject matter for a number of the paintings. However, also featured throughout are two of Sorolla’s most impressive and socially conscious paintings Trata de Blancas and Una Investigacion. Also, housed throughout the exhibit are paintings of Sorolla’s native Valencia and the gardens of the palaces of Granada and Sevilla.
Perhaps the most charming aspect of the museum space is that it is housed within the once living establishment of the artist and his family. Upon the widow Sorolla’s death the home and it’s adjacent gardens were converted into the museum space and Sorolla’s studio and exhibition space have been largely left untouched, besides the addition of paintings, so as to give the visitor a true sense of Sorolla’s daily life. The gardens, though small, are especially nice to stroll around or take a few moments to sit amongst the Moorish and Classical designs. The upstairs of the home is used for temporary exhibits.
Paseo del General Martínez Campos, 37 - Metro Iglesia, Rubén Darío, Gregorio Marañón
T: +34 913 10 15 84
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30AM to 8PM
Sundays and holidays 10AM to 3PM