The light of Andalucia – its undoubtedly what I would most miss about southern Spain if I was ever to move away.
How do you capture the unique quality of Andalucia’s light?
Joaquín Sorolla is certainly amongst the most celebrated artists for his ability to convey the magic of Spain’s light – his works are regarded as ‘la máxima expresión del luminismo español’.
Today we headed across Seville’s Guadalquivir river to see the ‘Sorolla; un Jardin para Pintar’ (a garden to paint), one of the augural exhibitions at the city’s new Caixa Forum exhibition centre.
It focuses on his personal fascination with the Arab Al Andalus patios and gardens of Andalucia.
This Spring I visited the Sorolla Museum, within his former home in Madrid. Although the property is now in the shadow of high rise apartments one still can appreciate the magic of the Andalusian style gardens; his labour of love and a continual source of inspiration for his work.
He adored Andalucia, the Alhambra, the Alcázar of Sevilla; how the gardens were a sum of architecture, water, plants and…light. He attempted to recreate the essence of these gardens in Madrid.
Also in the Forum is a a collection of works by Hermen Anglada-Camarasa, the Barcelona artst born in 1871.
Across the street, in one of the former buildings of the ’92 Expo is a retrospective marking the 25th anniversary of this extraordinary global event that put Seville back on the international stage.
There are some cool vintage photos from the era displayed in the street, opposite the Cathedral.