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Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sorolla Copy

Sorolla Copy

8x6in oil on canvas board  $100.

White Roses from the (Artists) Garden. Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923)
A Spanish artist who enjoyed success in his own lifetime. He was a contemporary of John Singer Sargent and was influenced for a period of time by Sargent's portrait work. As they were both influenced by Velasquez  it would be normal to have a period of similarity. There is a marvelous book Sargent & Sorolla which I wish I could afford. sigh...
I have seen a copy and the reproductions look spot on.

I chose to copy this piece immediately after the Sargent one because of the totally different approaches to the same subject matter - roses. Well, at least I thought they were different until I copied them and found the only difference was in the paint application and colors of the backgrounds. Both artists used very slight and gradual value changes with the white roses. Edges were soften with a transitional value and the paint quality appears to have a similar, buttery consistency. No impasto. Both used warm and cool colors although if you look at the wonderful shadow on the right side of this painting you will see Sorolla used a warm light which casts a cool shadow and in Sargent's roses from yesterday, the reverse is true.

Sorolla became hailed for revealing joy, light, sunshine and life in his canvases. I love his work.

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  1. Beautiful painting, Julie. And I learned so much from your comments. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I especially like your copy of Sorolla's White Roses...very beautifully painted! I agree with Virginia, there is a lot to learn here on your blog.


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