|Watching the Fish, 1907 Joaquin Sorolla|
Okay, since we're on a roll... if you like Sargent and Zorn, you'll probably love the breathtakingly beautiful work of Joaquin Sorolla, also a contemporary.
|Sewing the Sail, 1896, Joaquin Sorolla|
Sorolla was Spanish, born in Valencia in 1863, and was largely self-taught.
Talented and prolific, he sold 195 of the 356 paintings shown in New York City in 1909.
Two years later, he was commissioned by philanthropist Archer M. Huntington to paint a series of panels, vast in size, for the stately and newly built Spanish Society headquarters in New York.
The Spanish Society was founded at the turn of the century to provide Americans with resources and knowledge regarding their heritage from Spain, Portugal, and the directly related cultures of Central and South America.
Sorolla's series of paintings of scenes from Spanish life, were eleven and a half feet high and 230 ft. long and took 8 years to complete.