Sheer Delight 11: Sorolla and Zorn

Love the brilliant white of Sorolla. Anders Zorn is well known here in Cornwall and his paintings of fish landed in St Ives.

The Eclectic Light Company

Having looked in the previous article at how the first of the three modern masters depicted clothing and fabrics, this article turns to the other two, Joaquín Sorolla from Spain and Anders Zorn from Sweden. Both had the benefits of classical education, and started their careers as realists in that tradition.

Sorolla travelled to Madrid in 1881 to study the Masters, being influenced by Velázquez, and exhibited in the National Fine Arts Exhibition there. After that he studied at the Spanish Academy in Rome.

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Café in Paris (1885), oil on canvas, dimensions not known, location not known. WikiArt. Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923), Café in Paris (1885), oil on canvas, dimensions not known, location not known. WikiArt.

In 1885 he spent the summer in Paris, where he was influenced by Impressionism, and the work of Jules Bastien-Lepage (who had died only six months earlier) and Adolf von Menzel in particular. His painterly Café in Paris was made at that time. Although the background is…

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