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Often considered a neo-Impressionist, Valencia-born Joaquín Sorolla was really an exponent of 'luminism', the celebration of light. He was renowned for his iridescent, sun-drenched paintings, including portraits and family scenes at the beach and in gardens. Sorolla's leisured themes and greeting-card-esque (and indeed they are often used as such) aesthetic are easy to dismiss, but most find his luminous world at least a little seductive. This delightful little museum, housed in the mansion built for the artist in 1910 to spend his latter years, has been recently restored and boasts 250 works. The works are exhibited on the main floor, in his former studio areas. The salon, dining room and breakfast room are furnished in their original state with the artist's eclectic decorative influence in evidence. The garden, Moorish-inspired but with an Italianate pergola, is a delightful, peaceful oasis of calm, seemingly miles away from the roaring traffic outside.
Paseo del General Martínez Campos 37
|Transport:||Gregorio Marañón (M: L7, L10), Iglesia (M: L1), Rubén Darío (M: L5)|
|Price:||€3; group ticket €1.50/person.|
|Opening hours:||Mon closed; Tue-Sat 9.30am-8pm; Sun and holidays 10am-3pm.|