Centenary of Sorolla in Spain

Now is the best time to enjoy the “painter of light” in Spain. An extensive cultural programme marks the first centenary of the death of Joaquín Sorolla. Come and celebrate!

© Paseo a orillas del mar. Museo Sorolla


Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida was the most widely known Spanish painter of his time. His name is among the key figures in the history of Spanish art, since he is one of the great masters of Spanish painting of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.In 2023, the centenary of the death of the famous Valencian artist is celebrated with an extensive programme of exhibitions and cultural activities.

Autorretrato, Museo Sorolla

Diary of exhibitions

Here are the exhibitions held in Spain on the occasion of Sorolla's centenary.

Spain by moonlight, by Sorolla

The joy, warmth and brightness of Joaquín Sorolla's paintings captivate you from the first moment. That is why he is known as the “master of light”. The landscapes of Spain, its beaches, its people, their daily lives... were the main inspiration for the brilliant Valencian painter.Do you want to discover the Spanish locations and destinations that marked Sorolla's art and career? Do you know where you can see his works in Spain? Then follow us on this trip through Sorolla's Spain.

Izquierda: El pequeño velero. Derecha: Comiendo uvas. Debajo: La bata rosa. Museo Sorolla

Sorolla Museum, Madrid

The Sorolla Museum in Madrid is one of the best-preserved artist houses in Europe. A unique gateway to the world of Joaquín Sorolla, through his paintings and personal objects.The museum's building was the painter's family home and studio from 1911, and features almost original decor. Its painting collection, with more than 1,200 works, is displayed in the different rooms, together with furniture and original pieces from the period. The garden, designed by Sorolla himself, is another of its artistic jewels, with its three spaces presenting different styles and atmospheres, inspired by the gardens of the Alcázar in Seville and the Generalife in Granada.