Anybody thinks of three art museums in Madrid - and this is not one of them! Many, like me before I started researching my trip, have never even heard of Sorolla. Yet a recent exhibition of his work at the Prado occasioned their highest attendance at an exhibition for 10 years!
He is generally thought of as an Impressionist, although some have questioned whether he does not have enough originality to be allwoed the name of Sorollism. He is called a Master of Light but I thought of him as the Master of White.
Of course it is pointless to compare a visit to this museum to the 'Big 3' - it is a totally different experience but certainly a most enjoyable one. Sorolla was a collector as well as a painter and the lovely museum in the house built for him in 1910 has much fine furniture and porcelain.
Museo Sorolla (Sorolla Museum) exhibit Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923), an impressionist painter know as "the painter of light". He was one o fthe most appreciated painter at his time and known world-wide.
This museum is a small house-based one but it has a superb garden and the garden itself is as beautiful and attractive as Sorolla's paintings.
You need to visit this museum though Madrid offers several famous big museums.
Casa-Museo Sorolla is a smaller but very interesting museum entirely dedicated to the Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla Bastida. Sorolla specialized in portraits and landscapes, and is perhaps most famous for his beach paintings. He moved to Madrid in 1890 and, in 1910, he moved to his house on the Paseo del General Martinez Campos. This house was built in such a way that the painter could work and spend some quality family time with his wife and children. Indeed, some rooms were used to display his works to prospective buyers, while others were designed to let just the right amount of light in so that they could be used as a workshop. The house was also surrounded by a small but charming garden, from which the artist could draw some inspiration. In fact, he was at work in his garden when he suffered a stroke that left him an invalid in 1920. He died 3 years later, and upon his death his widow left the house and a substantial collection of paintings to the Spanish government. The museum opened in 1925.
A visit to the Sorolla museum not only allows us to familiarize ourselves with the works of this great painter, it also makes it possible to imagine what his life might have been like. As much as possible, the rooms have been left as they were back in the days when Sorolla and his family lived there. Most of the rooms feature the house's original furniture, and Sorolla's workshop is especially interesting since great care has been taken to recreate the atmosphere of the painter's work place, complete with tubes of paints and a work in progress propped up on an easel. It is also worth taking a few extra minutes to walk around the small, peaceful garden.
The museum is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm every day (closed on Mondays). General admission: 2,40 Euros.
When you think of museums in Madrid it's usually the big three of the Prado, the Reina Sofia and Thyssen that spring to mind. However, it was a smaller, less well-known museum in the north of the city that was our favourite. The Sorolla museum exhibits the work of Joaquín Sorolla, Spain's most renowned impressionist painter.
The museum is in his former home in Calle General Martínez Campos. Sorolla originally came from Valencia but moved to Madrid late in his life. There are a large number of his works on display and it's presented chronologically. Sorolla's use of colour is beautiful and there are many beautiful paintings on display.
I recommend you to visit the Sorolla museum,very nice. The museum is in his house, there is a little garden (very pleasant). For more information go to the web page of the museum