Sorolla and fashion exhibition in Thyssen-Bornemisza and Sorolla museums

Sorolla and fashion exhibition at Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid

One of the exhibitions most recommended you can visit in Madrid, is the one that is being carried out until May 27 within the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum.

It's about the Sorolla and fashion exhibition, which is organized simultaneously and complementary to the Sorolla museum, so the ideal would be to visit both museums.

In our case we have visited the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum exhibition where many of the more than 70 paintings from different museums and private collections, both national and international, that make up the exhibition are presented.

Sorolla and fashion exhibition at Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid

Some of these works have never been exposed to the public and next to them you will find a set of dresses and accessories from the time in which he lived Sorolla.

The Valencian artist was a great fan of fashion and became the perfect chronicler of the evolution in trends and style of clothing from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

A great admirer of regional traditions, throughout his career he dedicated himself to collecting clothing from different parts of Spain.

In his paintings you will be able to admire a great variety of dresses, jewels and accessories, as an important part of the different themes that he dealt with in his work.

Sorolla He was born in Valencia in 1863 in a humble family that was dedicated to the sale of textiles.

Sorolla and fashion exhibition at Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid

Got married with Clotilde Grace of the Castle that he came from a bourgeois and well-off environment, since his father, Antonio Gracia PerisHe was a socially highly sought-after photographer in his time.

These two aspects of his life were very important social references in his artistic career.

On the one hand, his social and economic rise and on the other his interest in fashion and clothing with the unique vision of a great artist and observer of everything around him.

In addition to a creative desire to seek beauty, a quality that accompanied him throughout his life.

Fashion for him was not a frivolous fact, but an aesthetic, historical and sociological testimony of the time in which he lived.

The exhibition basically focuses on female portraits and allows us to see the social rise of Sorolla and his family as well as to Sorolla more cosmopolitan collecting in his work the changes that give way to contemporary fashion.

Sorolla and fashion exhibition at Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid

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What to see in the Sorolla and fashion exhibition

The exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum It is divided into four sections.

Intimate sorolla

In the rooms dedicated to Sorolla intimate you will discover the most endearing painter, with much of his production dedicated to his closest environment and his daily life.

To point out the letters from Paris he sent to his wife and muse Clotilde, in which he indicated the novelties of fashion, as well as the purchases he made for her and her daughters.

The painting The suit of the Valencian garden (1906) that belonged to his youngest daughter Elena It is of great ornamental wealth.

Also highlights Clotilde with black suit (1906) next to a portrait of Sorolla painting her

Clotilde with black suit at Sorolla exhibition and fashion at Thyssen-Bornemisza

Sorolla society portrait

There is another room dedicated to the portrait of high society from the time of Sorolla, who by his social position received a large number of orders.

In some of the paintings you can admire the latest fashion trends of the time.

In other more classic works you will see a fashion that keeps looking at the past, as in the portrait of the Queen Victoria Eugenia (1911) or the wedding dress of Antonia Montesinos (1907) found in the Madrid Costume Museum.

Queen Victoria Eugenia in Sorolla and fashion exhibition in Thyssen-Bornemisza

Sorolla and the beach

A very prominent section of the exhibition is the one dedicated to summer scenes.

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With the discovery of the therapeutic effects of sea baths, at the time of Sorolla the beaches take an important role and begin to appear the first vacationers.

Being so observant of the world around him and having been born in Valencia by the sea, the artist echoes this phenomenon and moves his brushes to these scenarios where we find some of his best works.

As a curiosity, in the letters that Sorolla He sends his wife the concern of the artist to go to the beach well dressed, both how and his family.

He even tells her that he would rent a car to take them every day to the beach, where the new models would look while he worked painting on the beach.

Sorolla and fashion exhibition at Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid

Using his inseparable wife and muse we have among others to Clotilde on the beach (1904) exposed next to a day dress.

Sorolla in Paris

On the other hand, Sorolla He made travel numbers portraying the high society of Paris, London or New York among others, which made him aware of the latest developments in fashion couture.

This, together with his admiration for modern life that fills with new leisure customs, such as cafes, urban walks, theater or opera, inspire Sorolla for the realization of his portraits.

Portrays his daughter Elena with yellow tunic (1909), a pledge that was not really a robe but the mythical dress Delphos creation of Fortuny.

This dress may be the most significant of the exhibition because it is the most transgressive for the time since it was barely worn with underwear.

Delphos suit at the Sorolla and fashion exhibition in Thyssen-Bornemisza

It is a very interesting exhibition in which you will see masterfully reflected the complicity between fashion and art, as well as a sample of the time in which Sorolla lived, to meet him from another perspective as an artist and observer of his moment

Exhibition schedules Sorolla and fashion

The opening hours of the Sorolla and fashion exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum they are, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On Mondays the exhibition is closed to the public.

The ticket prices They are 12 euros the general one, and 8 euros the reduced one, and even the permanent exhibition visit.

Sorolla and fashion exhibition at Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid

The Sorolla and fashion exhibition schedules at the Sorolla museum they are, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 9.30 to 20 hours, and on Sundays, from 10 to 15 hours, being closed to the public on Mondays.

The Ticket prices to see the exhibition at the Sorolla Museum 3 euros are the general and 1.50 euros the reduced.

In this last museum you can visit it for free on Saturdays from 2 pm and on Sundays.