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The Drunkard, Zarauz (El Borracho, Zarauz)
Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

The Drunkard, Zarauz (El Borracho, Zarauz) 1910

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923)

The National Gallery, London
(b Valencia, 27 Feb. 1863; d Cercedilla, nr. Madrid, 10 Aug. 1923). Spanish painter and illustrator, active mainly in his native Valencia and in Madrid. He was a prolific and popular artist, working on a wide variety of subjects—genre, portraits, landscapes, historical scenes—and producing many book illustrations. His pleasant and undemanding style was marked by brilliant high-keyed colour and vigorous brushwork, representing a kind of conservative version of Impressionism. He was well known outside Spain, and in 1910–20 he painted a series of fourteen mural panels for the Hispanic Society of America in New York (see Huntington), representing scenes typical of the various provinces of Spain. His former home in Madrid is now a museum dedicated to his work.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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