Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida
Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida was born in Valencia, Spain on February 27, 1863. He was orphaned at the age of two, but he displayed early artistic talent and was admitted to the Academy of San Carlos in Valencia at the age of 15. Three years later, he went to Madrid to study Old Master paintings at the Museo del Prado. He went on to win a grant to study painting in Rome. Upon returning to Madrid, his paintings were very popular. His paintings exhibited at the 1901 Exposition Universelle in Paris were well received, and the Hispanic Society of America commissioned him to paint decorative scenes for its New York City library in 1911. He passed away in Cercedilla, Spain in 1923. Sorolla's light, airy, Impressionistic scenes of the Mediterranean coast are some of his best known works.
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