You can see pictures by Joaquín Sorolla (1863–1923) at the Prado and elsewhere in Madrid, but this enchanting museum in his former home has the largest collection by the master of light. Sorolla’s paintings, influenced by the French impressionists, enjoyed considerable success among Madrid’s new bourgeoisie at the turn of the 19th century, earning enough to build this delightful Andalucían-style family home. The museum offers a window into the comfortable world of the successful painter, balancing his work and domestic life. It’s easy to imagine Sorolla at work at one of the unfinished paintings on the easels, surrounded by brushes in pots, or strolling in its restful patios and gardens. The galleries display the range of his work from portraits and folkloric paintings to his trademark seaside paintings, with parasols, bonnets, and miraculously painted water. Perhaps most blissful is the garlanded mural on the dining room walls portraying his wife, Clotilde García del Costillo, and their daughters. It was Clotilde who decided to turn the property into a museum as a memorial to her husband.
General Martínez Campos 37
Our Rating Hours Tues–Sat 9:30am–8pm; Sun 10am–3pm Transportation Metro: Iglesia, Gregorio Marañón, or Rubén Darío. Bus: 5, 7, 14, 16, 27, 40, 45, 61, 147, or 150 Phone 91-310-15-84 Prices Admission 3€ adults, 1.50€ students, free for ages 17 and under; free for all Sat 2–8pm and Sun 10am–3pm Web site Museo Sorolla
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