Sorolla in America, Hartley in Germany

August 12, 2014 11:01 PM

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Sorolla in America, Hartley in Germany

How to survive the hot and humid days of August? The obvious answer, of course, would be to escape to the beach. And if you don't mind the two-hour drive down to San Diego, you can experience there splendid sunshine, sandy shores and shimmering waves. Just one thing though -- all of the above is yours to enjoy if you visit the air-conditioned galleries of The San Diego Museum of Art. I'm talking about the major exhibition of Spanish Post-Impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla (1863 - 1923), one of the most popular and successful artists at the turn of the 20th century -- both in Europe and here in the U.S. And that's why this comprehensive exhibition, containing more than 150 of his works is titled Sorolla and America.

His first U.S. exhibition took place in 1909 at The Hispanic Society in New York City, and it became a huge success with over 150,000 visitors in just one month. The only other exhibition that was even more popular during that time in New York was the Metropolitan Museum exhibition of the Golden Age...

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