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Summer of Sorolla

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The San Diego Museum of Art’s newest exhibit; Sorolla and America opens May 31 and will be on display until Aug. 26. The exhibit, which features 150 work of art created by internationally renowned Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla, will examine the connection between Sorolla and America. The exhibit is curetted by Sorolla’s great-granddaughter Blanca Pons-Sorolla. In her journey of collecting the pieces and putting the exhibit together she even procured pieces that have never been seen in a public exhibition before. Included in the exhibit are some of Sorolla's most notable pieces such as Portrait of William Howard Taft, President of the United States of America (1909), Sad Inheritance (1899) and Another Marguerite! (1892).

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Sorolla, a Spanish post-impressionist, who received first place awards in both the National Exhibition in Madrid and the Chicago International Exhibition. He was also invited in 1909 to show his work at The Hispanic Society of America in New York City, and was very popular with the public, gaining 150,000 visitors in one month. The Hispanic Society of America contributed many essential pieces for this exhibit.

Each work presented in the exhibition reflects his connection and were created, shown in an exhibit or sold in America. Sorolla painted in many different styles such as painting, oil sketches and drawings. The subjects of the pieces vary as well the exhibit includes portraits, beach scenes, gardens and landscapes and studies for decorative murals. The exhibit will be arranged by the thematic elements in his paintings. The exhibit features works from a number of different national and international collections at museums as well as private collections.

A number of events will accompany the exhibit. The symposium will take place on Sat. May 31 to kick-off the opening of the exhibit and will not only cover Sorolla, but also the exhibit at the museum featuring works from Robert Henri and the Sprit of Spain. On July 10 the museum will host “Culture & Cocktails” which is a “flamenco-filled” night of Spanish culture. Taking place on Mondays, “Film in the Garden” will also be featuring Spanish-themed movie selections including:

Blood and Sand – July 14
Conquest of Paradise – July 28
Roman Holiday – Aug. 11
Until the End of the World – Aug 25

The San Diego Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and opens on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Wednesdays. The museum is located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park.