Last night I was unable to get online. I tried heroically, even attempting to do it over my phone. My phone, which I hate, responded by again calling my high school girlfriend and telling her I that I still loved her and sending her several obscene pictures of Marty Robbins. I am sorry for the interruption of what up till now as been uninterrupted service.There will however, be few if any refunds made available for readers I am now happily ensconced in a public library in an undisclosed location in South Carolina. I am afraid I am going to have this problem again and I may be delayed in posting over the next week or so, I will do my best and hope to find an Internet cafe open in the evening or some such solution.
I am returning to the subject of a comparison between Sargent, Zorn and Sorolla, who form a triumvirate of similar artists and have in recent years begun to exert an enormous influence on the painters of our own time. I am delighted to see that, I don't know how our time's painters could have sounder heroes who exemplify the best of the interweaving of impressionism and academic training.
The pictures on this page are very early examples of Sorolla from the 1880's before he produced the highly colored paintings for which he is known today. The head studies at the top of the page shows a really serious study of Velazquez, which all of these painters had as their primary hero.
The head of the young women above is very Sargent like, again it is very early in Sorollas career. It has none of the cool light and sparkling color by which his work would later be distinguished. It is still a great piece of work.
I posted the figure below as it looked so like a Zorn, notice the palette?
Here is a landscape that could almost be a Zorn as well. The greyed color and the interest in the ripples of the water are similar to many of Zorn paintings.
I expect that as a young man Sorolla was admiring Sargent and didn't find his own "style" until a few years later. Tomorrow ( I hope to figure out a routine access to the net and) I will post some more typical and later Sorolla paintings.
Individual e-mails witk more information will go out to those of you who are signed up for the Charleston workshop, hopefully tonight. I will be at the Ella Walton Richardson gallery at 58 Broad Street in Charleston, South Carolina at 5;00 on Friday the 10th that's a week from today. I invite you to come in and meet up that evening if you can. If you want to sign up for the workshop I have a few spaces left and you can do so here.
If you are in the area and want me to say hello, or have me sign the screen of your laptop stop in.