Sorolla is especially known for his scenes of people in strong sunlight on the beach, like the painting above. He was a master at color and value, using those tools to create the sense of a warm, blinding light from the sun above as well as many colors of reflected light bathing his subjects in a luminous glow.
His images beautifully captured movement and emotions, showing swirling wind-caught fabrics and thoughtful expressions. Sorolla's depictions of children are especially sensitive and perceptive without being maudlin. His wife and two daughters posed for many of his genre paintings of women like the one below.
About twenty years ago I was able to visit the Hispanic Society of America in upper Manhattan. Their headquarters contain many of Sorolla's original paintings on canvas as well as his series of huge murals depicting different areas of Spain. The murals were commissioned by the Society, and work on them dominated the last years of the artist's life. I found the experience of seeing all this magnificent work together to be awe- inspiring.
I hope to go back to the Hispanic Society some day and also to visit the Museo Sorolla in Madrid, Spain to see the large collection of his works that are housed there, donated by his widow. Joaquín Sorolla's work continues to inspire me.