= The Crawford Arts Review: Until Sunday 07 July

Monday, 15 April 2019

Until Sunday 07 July

Religious experiences, seculo-spiritual experiences, are relatively rare I think. But there I was having one. I was standing in front of a painting in the National Gallery. A Spanish woman was standing next to me, both of us silently suffused by a deep sense of connectedness.
The connectedness, for both of us I venture to say, was seculo-spiritual  words need not be used to try and describe it. The painting that gave rise to this ineffable experience was a work by the Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, painted between 1895 and 1900. It is positioned perfectly, on a partial wall on its own, affording some privacy for the viewer. It belongs in the Museo Sorolla in Madrid and this is possibly its first visit to London.
   You must seek it out and see if this painting, among 57 other works  sea- and landscapes, portraits and scenes from Spanish life sacred and secular has any effect on you. A clue: the infant in the picture is one of the grown-up children in the later painting shown below.

Joaquín Sorolla, Running along the Beach, Valencia, 1908, © Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias. Col. Pedro Masaveu


Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light

National Gallery
Sainsbury Wing
Trafalgar Square
London WC2

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