Organised together with the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, this exhibition brought together over 70 paintings from national and international museums and private collections, some of them never previously exhibited in public. The exhibition focuses especially on the female portraits the artist painted between 1890 and 1920, which are displayed in the rooms along with dresses and accessories from the same period. The exhibition also included valuable pieces borrowed from important institutions and private collections, many of them unpublished.
La exposición Sorolla y la moda englobó más de 70 cuadros procedentes de museos y colecciones privadas nacionales e internacionales.
Passionate about fashion and a chronicler of the trends in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Sorolla represented in his paintings an evocative catalogue of dresses, jewellery and accessories enhanced by his loose and vigorous stroke.
The exhibition brought together female portraits from the late 19th and early 20th centuries combined with period dresses and accessories.
The social references made by Sorolla, who was born into a humble family of fabric merchants, and by his wife, Clotilde García del Castillo, who was born into a bourgeois and affluent family, were decisive in establishing a clear parallel between his social and economic ascent and his interest in fashion and clothing.
His work as a portrait painter to society was not the only thing that led him to focus on people’s dress; it partly stemmed from his eye for observation and genuine interest in all that surrounded him. He also became associated with the image of modernity described by Baudelaire in The Painter of Modern Life.