Sorolla: The Masterworks by Blanca Pons-Sorolla
Sorolla is the artist I turn to when I want color and brushwork inspiration. And this book delivers.
"The Return from Fishing" is one of my favorites because of its large abstract shapes of positive and negative spaces, this painting was exhibited in the Salon de Paris and is a shining example of his work.
However, for me it is Sorolla's ability to capture the daily and ordinary activities of life that makes his work so remarkable. I am inspired by his ability to weave color and emotion into his paintings.
And being such an avid gardener, I love how Sorolla painted garden spaces. Such as a simple standard yellow rose or an architecturally significant space like the gardens in the Alcazar in Seville. (I spent close to 6 weeks in Seville during my architecture days, and completed many a sketch in the Alcazar's spacious gardens, and I love how he captured this quiet still pool and surrounding garden.)