Until Pablo Picasso came along with all his cubes and chest hair and lady friends, the star of the Spanish art world was Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. Sorolla specialized in stunning (and seriously, they are stunning) oil paintings of Spanish life — including scenes from the sea and fishing villages, plus landscapes and the occasional portrait. In 1909, just before Picasso shook things up, the award-winning artist was brought to the United States by the Hispanic Society of America to complete several portraits and exhibit many of his works. To this day, many of his works remain in this country. The Meadows Museum at SMU, 5900 Bishop Blvd., has a number of these paintings on loan for its current exhibition Sorolla and America, which explores the effect of Sorolla’s work on the American art world. Curated by his great-granddaughter Blanca Pons-Sorolla, the exhibition is a survey of more than 100 paintings, sketches and drawings, plus archival material that traces the international influence of this lesser-known but supremely talented Spanish artist. See it through April 19 during museum hours from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays; and during extended hours on Thursdays until 9 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and over, and $4 for students. Visit meadowsmuseumdallas.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: Dec. 22. Continues through April 19, 2013