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Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Clotilde García del Castillo, an oil on canvas painting, was created by Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla in 1890. The painting measures 49.02 by 38.39 inches and is currently housed in the Sorolla Museum located in Madrid, Spain.

It's a feminine portrait Clotilde García del Castillo, who was Sorolla's wife. In the painting, Sorolla's wife is sitting on a chair made of wood. She is wearing brown gloves and a black dress (a kind of a high neck gown) that has brown gloves. Clotilde is posing on the right side for the picture with a tilted posture. Her right hand is firmly resting on a pillow placed on the chair; her left hand is resting on the armrest, while her fingers are touching her chin and cheek. The beauty and elegance unfold as Clotilde seems to be having hair binds crowned with a yellow flower clipping on her head.

When Sorolla was 22 years old, he received a grant that allowed him to study painting for four years in Rome. He studied with José Villegas Cordero, Emilio Sala and José Benlliure. In 1855, a visit to Paris provided the artist with exposure to modern painting. Some of the special influence included exhibitions of Adolf von Menzel and Jules Bastien-Lepage. Sorolla's style was a variant of Impressionism. The artist's influence on other Spanish painters, such as Julio Romero de Torres and Alberto Pla y Rubio, was noted that people described them as "sorollista". After Sorolla's death, his wife left many of his works to the Spanish public. These paintings eventually went on to form the collection called the Museo Sorolla, which used to be Sorolla's house in Madrid.

This museum opened in 1932. His work is represented in various museums throughout America, Europe and Spain as well as in numerous private collections in America and Europe. In 1933, J. Paul Getty bought 10 Impressionist beach scenes produced by this painter, several of which are now in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum or the Getty, an art museum in California. Manuel Domínguez wrote and directed a short, which was then presented at the 13th Cannes Film Festival held between 4 and 20 May 1960. The Spanish National Dance Company also honoured Sorolla's The Provinces of Spain and produced a ballet called Sorolla based on his paintings. Lastly, a high-speed RENFE (Alicante Terminal) train station in Valencia was named after Sorolla.

Portraits of Clotilde García del Castillo