It is no secret that Madrid has wonderful, well-known museums, but this small art gallery is off your normal art circuit, and that makes it even more interesting. The house where it’s located used to be the painter’s actual home and studio, so you are in fact visiting a colorful world where every detail has do with Sorolla’s art.
Joaquín Sorolla is sometimes called the “painter of light”, which you can corroborate in many of his most famous artworks. The first gallery as you enter the house is filled with paintings of landscapes and beach scenes, during broad daylight or at sunset, with people in it or without. Most landscapes are images of the beach at Valencia (Spain), his hometown, which served him as an inspiration for his work.
For me the best part of the house is the studio. This open space with high ceiling and natural light has kept the atmosphere it used to have when he was alive and working there, so you get the feeling you are in a magical place. The family’s original furniture from the early 1900’s is on display as well as part of the museum. On the second floor temporary exhibitions of Sorolla’s extensive work are arranged a few times a year, and other activities include workshops for children and painting lessons. The house itself is worth a visit too, its beautiful garden served as an inspiration for the artist many times.