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Joaquin Sorolla in London from March 18 to July 7

London / Madrid / London dedicates an exhibition to Joaquin Sorolla, the master of light considered the Spanish impressionist, from March 18 to July 7. It’s the largest exhibition in more than a century, specifically since 1908 when he was presented as the best living painter in the world, Joaquin Sorolla, the master of light considered the Spanish impressionist

Queen Letizia of Spain and Prince Charles of England opened this Wednesday at the National Gallery in London “Sorolla, Spanish master of light” with a tour of the seven rooms in which the exhibition is divided, accompanied by the National Gallery director, Gabriele Finaldi, who explained some of the works as “Mother” (1895-96) and “Nude woman” (1902).

The Queen visited the Sainsbury room, where the creations are exhibited, by Blanca Pons-Sorolla, great-granddaughter of Joaquin Sorolla.

The life, landscape and traditions of Spain

The retrospective brings together sixty paintings that cover the complete career of this Valencian painter and reflect the commitment of Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) with the representation of Spanish life in all its complexity.

The impressionist works, which the public will be able to see from this March 18 until July 7, reproduce the life, landscapes and traditions of Spain, themes that consolidated the fame of Sorolla, who also achieved renown for his skills as a portraitist.

The representations, from public and private collections in Europe and the United States, gather portraits and, above all, scenes of the beach, the most outstanding facets of Sorolla.

For the first time, canvases of a social nature from the early years of his career can be seen in the United Kingdom, such as “The return from fishing” (1894, Museu d’Orsay), acquired by the French Government, and “Sewing the sail” “(1896, Gallery Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Ca ‘Pesaro, Venice), bought by that Italian city.

During their tour of the various rooms, the Queen and the Prince of Wales also stopped before “Clotilde in a black dress” (1906), “Running alon the beach” (1908), “Lagarteran Bride” (1912), “The smugglers” (1919)” and “The nap” (1911), as well as the portrait “Princess Beatrice of Battenberg” (1908), great-grandmother of Felipe VI of Spain.

From ‘Clotilde’ to ‘Another Marguerite!’

In the first of the seven rooms in which the paintings are distributed, there are portraits that Sorolla painted of his wife, Clotilde, as well as those of his daughters Maria and Elena and their son Joaquin, while another is done in the 1890s, stage in which Spain witnessed the definitive loss of its overseas empire.

During that decade, the author began a pictorial career with large canvases expressing his concern about the reality and hardships of Spanish life, such as “Another Marguerite!” (1892), which shows the figure of a woman under arrest for having murdered his own son and who received praise in Madrid in 1892.

Although the Valencian teacher left the social topics behind in the early 1900s, these representations had an impact on the next generation of Spanish painters, including Picasso. (March 17, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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The text speaks of... (El texto habla de...)  
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una exposición sobre la obra de un pintor español.
B
una muestra sobre los pintores españoles más conocidos.
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una exposición sobre los pintores impresionistas más destacados.
Question 2
According to the text, the exhibition takes place... (Según el texto, la muestra tiene lugar...)
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a las afueras de Londres.
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en la capital del Reino Unido.
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en una ciudad situada en la zona norte del Reino Unido.
Question 3
You can see this exhibition... (Se va a poder ver esta muestra...)    
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hasta finales de este verano.
B
hasta el mes que viene.
C
durante poco más de tres meses.
Question 4
According to the text, Sorolla... (Según el texto, Sorolla...)  
A
fue un pintor que trabajó mucho la luz en sus obras.
B
fue un pintor que nunca estuvo interesado en la luz.
C
fue un pintor que ahora comienza a ser reconocido por los expertos.
Question 5
Visitors just will see portraits of the Sorolla family. (Los visitantes solo van a poder ver retratos de la familia de Sorolla.)      
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No se sabe.
B
Es verdad.
C
Para nada.
Question 6
Video says... (En el vídeo se dice que...)  
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el mar es un tema recurrente en la obra de Sorolla.
B
el mar apenas aparece en las obras de Sorolla.
C
Sorolla solo pintó cuadros con paisajes marítimos.
Question 7
According to the video, Sorolla... (Según el vídeo, Sorolla...)  
A
retrató el reflejo de la luz en el agua.
B
no estaba interesado en pintar el reflejo de la luz.
C
jamás retrató el reflejo de la luz en el agua.
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A 'siglo' is the same thing that... (Un 'siglo' es lo mismo que...)    
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10 años.
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100 años.
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50 años.
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My 'bisnieta' is... (Mi 'bisnieta' es...)  
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la hermana de mi abuela.
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la hija de mi hija.
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la hija de mi nieto o nieta.
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A painting painted in 1894 is... (Una cuadro pintado en 1894 es del...)    
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siglo diecisiete.
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siglo dieciocho.
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siglo diecinueve.
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The word 'pictórica' is related to... (La palabra 'pictórica' está relacionada con...)    
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la pintura.
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el teatro.
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la música.
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lo
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la
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el
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A 'retratista' paints... (Un 'retratista' pinta...)  
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bodegones.
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retratos.
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paisajes.
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