Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863 - 1923): Palacio de Carlos

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863 - 1923): Palacio de Carlos

3/6/2021, 3:40:56 PM
Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863 - 1923): Palacio de Carlos V, Alcázar de Sevilla, 1908, oil on canvas, 102.2 x 85 cm (40 1/4 x 33 1/2 in.), Private collection . . Palacio de Carlos V, Alcázar de Sevilla depicts an area of the Alcázar that Sorolla painted frequently which was called the Jardin del Estanque, appropriately named for the large water reservoir which forms the basis for the pool. In the center of the fountain stands a statue of Mercury, with the figure perched atop cherubs and monsters with waterspouts in their mouths. It is one of a revelatory group of paintings depicting the gardens at the Alcázar de Sevilla that Sorolla made during his first trip to the area in 1908. He was inspired by the architecture and the reflective, contemplative power of the pools of water throughout the gardens, and it should be noted that there are no figures in these paintings. He worked at a furious pace and made no preparatory sketches for these paintings. The sea is the protagonist of Sorolla's most emblematic paintings, and fountains become the epicentres of his courtywards and gardens. Water allows him to attain the highest degree of refinement in capturing light and the instant in his paintings. Water multiplies the possibilities for contemplating the facades of the Alhambra in Granada and the arcades of the Alcázar in Seville. Water infinitely enriches Sorolla’s pictorial surface. For him, water is the essence. (Sotheby's)

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