Spanish painter Sorolla's 'The Colour of the Sea.'
The Caixaforum gallery, house in what was the Gran Hotel's magnificently modernist building, is a fitting setting for an
exhibition of 60 paintings by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, whose career was at its zenith when the hotel was built.
Born in Valencia, he spent long periods studying in Rome and Paris, honing his craft, and when he returned to Spain was entranced by the myriad blues of the sea and sky of his native land. His
paintings in this exhibition highlight the many hues of the Mediterranean as the inhabitants of the beach-side El Cabañal fishing 'barrio' of Valencia go about their daily business.
Harking back to days when life was simpler but harder, Sorolla's paintings are for me, pure joy from a brush – a cheery nostalgic reminder of all your summer holidays rolled into one, in glorious
sunny colour, so I'll certainly be going for a closer look.
The exhibition had its official opening yesterday and is now open to the public until the 8th February 2015. These days it costs €4 to get into the Caixforum, but if you are lucky enough to have an
account at La Caixa bank, it's free.
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 10 to 20, Sun 11 to 14