Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sorolla y Bastida

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida 1863-1923
Kissing the Relic 1893
Oil on canvas
103.5 x 122.5cm
Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao

A procession of faithful is reverently awaiting to kiss the relic held by the parish priest in a side chapel of the San Pablo church in Valencia. It is also the opportunity taken by an altar boy to sell religious pictures

His early works portrayed scenes with social and sometimes religious themes.

A trip to Paris in 1894 put him in contact with impressionist painting, which led to a real revolution in his style.

Sorolla has influenced many painters including Jimmy Dyer, Dan McCaw, and the Valencian painter Royo.