Flamenco, Art and Music
Portrait of Elena Sorolla, by her father
wearing a fortuny gown
This presentation traces the contribution of the quintessentially Spanish cultural phenomenon to the history of figurative art: from Manet’s fascination with bullfighting and dance, to the experiments of the avant-garde. Also to be enjoyed are works from John Singer Sargent, Goya, Joan Miro, Francis Picabia, the avant-garde Sonia Delaunay, and even Man Ray. Plus a special look at the work by the costume designer, Natalia Goncharnova. We dive into how flamenco attracted the Bohemia and Andalusian cultures (against the ideals at the time) from the South, to Madrid and then to Barcelona around the turn of the century.
You’ll feel as if you are seated in the front row to some of the most pivotal performances by flamenco’s legendary dancers, singers and guitarists, that inspired so many artists and society alike.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A presentation of the art of flamenco though fine art.
In the second half of the 19th century, it became fashionable for members of the upper classes to spend the summer in Santander, Zarautz, San Sebastián, Biarritz and other seaside towns. Fashionable clothing and sophisticated accessories such as parasols and hats played an essential role in these elegant settings and Sorolla, a prominent witness of his time, reflects this impeccably in his portraits painted by the sea, mostly of members of his immediate family.
But specially famous are his beach scenes in his home town of Valencia, where children bask in the sun and fisherwomen go about their chores. They are an ode of thanksgiving to the beauty of nature and the joy of life.
Learn about the evolution of flamenco, its key artists and pivotal moments.
Throughout his career Sorolla received many commissions to portray members of the upper classes, not only the bourgeoisie and aristocracy but also Spanish royalty. He also painted prominent members of American society whom he met during his trips to the United States.
In these pictures he describes and reveals the “soul” of his sitters, the way they were and, above all, their wish to be recognized as such. A few of these works faithfully reproduce turn-of-the-century fashions, some of which are more classical, while others are ultramodern and reflect the latest trends in dress.
Travel in time to the first flamenco performances on stage.
His many depictions of family scenes and the everyday life of his children and his wife indicate that family was one of the pillars of Joaquín Sorolla’s life. In particular, the numerous and extremely beautiful portraits he made over the years of his wife and muse, Clotilde García del Castillo, bear witness to his love of his family. These engaging images were also a showcase of his work and attracted a growing clientele.
DETAILS & BOOKING
Start time & Duration: TBD, 1hr
Price: Your own private session is US$ 250 / £ 195 / 215 € / AU$ 352 – from 1 to 10 people.
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