Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida was a Spanish painter born on February 27, 1863 in Valencia, Spain. He studied at the San Carlos Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia before moving to Madrid to continue his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.
Sorolla's early works were primarily genre paintings and landscapes, but he later became known for his portraits and historical scenes. He was influenced by the Impressionists and their use of light and color, and his paintings often featured bright, sunny scenes with lively figures.
Sorolla became a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid in 1897 and was awarded the Spanish National Prize for Fine Arts in 1900. He also received several international awards, including the Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900 and the Gold Medal at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
Sorolla died on August 10, 1923 in Cercedilla, Spain. His legacy lives on through his numerous paintings, which can be found in museums and galleries around the world.