At the Art & History Group meeting at the La Senieta theatre on Monday morning 27th January, one hundred and thirty members attended to listen to a talk on the wonderful Valencian artist, Joaquin Sorolla.
This was the first talk of this year and it was presented by John Hopwood, one of this group’s leaders.
Lasting just over one hour the audience were entertained by John’s talk which included approximately one hundred and fifty illustrations of Sorolla’s wonderful paintings.
Sorolla was possibly one of the most famous painters in Spain with one exhibition attracting more than two million visitors, yet his works are little known in many other countries.
Sorolla loved to paint wonderful illustrations of children enjoying the sea and beaches in the Costa Brava, particularly at Javea, where he and his family frequently stayed.
However, he also painted beautifully arranged scenes of sometimes sad or serious events which illustrated some facets of life in the late 19th century.
The next talk on the 10th February is The Shah and my part in his Downfall which will be given by Alan Rustage.