The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
The Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), though not,
strictly speaking, an Impressionist, comes close enough. His numerous landscapes
and water scenes may be recognized almost instantly by their exquisite coloring
and delicate touch, but it is the way in which he handles the light that gives
them their unique identity. In Spanish, this style is known as pintura de la luz, or "painting of light." It was a style shared by
many Spanish artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; its sources
were mainly the so-called avant-garde of France and Italy, such "moderns"
as Corot, Courbet, the Barbizons, the Impressionists, the Post-Impressionists,
and the Macchiaioli (from the Italian for "stain,
blot; rough draft"). Among Sorolla's most beloved works are his softly toned
beach scenes. Somewhat reminiscent of Mary Cassatt, their subjects are mainly
women and children enjoying special, tender relationships, known to themselves
alone. So engrossed is each in the other that both are oblivious to the bustle
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