TRIBUTE LECTURE TO CLOTILDE - Joaquín Sorolla's Cornerstone

Date: tba
Time: 5:pm - 17:00 H
Place: Zoom
Lecture Fee - see below

  • This lecture is approx. 90 minute - a detailed presentation exploring the dynamics behind the many solo and family portraits of Clotilde painted by her husband Sorolla.
  • It will also highlight the changing fashion styles that represented the bourgeois class at the turn of the century and the Belle Epoch. 
  • Explained in the Lecture will be Sorolla's keen artistic knowledge and skills as a visionary, his techniques and palette. 
  • The Resource EBook adds to the lecture by highlighting the good and bad life events of this remarkable woman. RECOMMENDED READING BEFORE EVENT!!!INTRODUCTION


Lecture & Resouce EBook
- 15 euros - includes: 90 minute LECTURE ON ZOOM & 30 PAGE RESOURCE EBOOK
- ZOOM PASSWORD will be sent via email upon payment. 
- DOWNLOAD LINK TO EBOOK will be sent via email upon payment 

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Lecture Only
- 10 euros - includes: 90 minute LECTURE ON ZOOM 
- ZOOM PASSWORD will be sent via email upon payment. 

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EBook Only
- 8 euros - includes 30 PAGE RESOURCE EBOOK
- Download Link sent to you email upon purchase


Too often, famous men are thrust into the spotlight as if their projection was by magic! More often than not, there was a powerful, proud and determined woman behind that man, who was making the engine run and keeping the tank full in order to get her man to the finish line. 

Such was the case with the Valencian painter, Joaquín Sorolla. Yes, indeed he was the talented costumbrista and luminist who invented his own unique style and painted like a madman, but it was his wife, mother of his children and business partner Clotilde García del Castillo who was the mastermind, compass and key holder. 

If it weren't for this powerhouse of a woman, Joaquín Sorolla might not have become the international artist that we know and admire today. In fact, he might have had a very difficult life as an unknown artist. 

Clotilde García del Castillo was so much more than the woman-behind-the-man; she was the woman-who-created-the-man! She was his cornerstone, keeping the structure of their business and personal life from collapsing, leaving him free to paint.

Through letters, photographs and paintings, Clotilde’s personality shines. Her commitment to her family, social and business roles are laid bare to all who wish to consume them as I have. 

She was a remarkable woman in an age where women of her status were considered second class citizens, who dressed in outrageous, uncomfortable yet remarkable fashions just to showcase the wealth of their husbands. Unlike Clotilde, they certainly were not worldly, enlightened, or business savvy equals to their husbands.

Clotilde took on more than her fair share of responsibilities and never bulked at the magnitude of her contributions. She accepted her duties with enthusiasm and grace. 

Artfully Yours, 

Karla Darocas 

(Copyright)  Karla Ingleton Darocas, Hon. B. A. Fine Arts, Historian, Educator, Author