Fifty extraordinary original works by Sorolla, many of them masterpieces, from one of Spain's most important private collections, the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation, descendants of a powerful industrial family, will be exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Valencia from 29 June to 1 October 2023 to celebrate the centenary of his death.

* Report by Karla Ingleton Darocas, Hons. B.A. (

Thanks to the patronage of the Catalan Masaveu family, who settled in Asturias and opened galleries and museums to publicise their works of art, a wider population witnessed such amazing works by Sorolla as The Arrival of the Fishermen, The Family of Don Rafael Errázuriz Urmeneta (1905), My Wife and Daughters in the Garden (1910), Playa de Valencia. Afternoon Sun (1908), Sewing the Sail (1904), Transporting the Grapes (1 900) or Walking Along the Beach (1908).

The Masaveu Collection is the private collection with the largest number of works by the artist and the third largest in the world in terms of size and importance, surpassed only by two other public institutions such as the Sorolla Museum (Madrid) and the Hispanic Society of America (New York). They were all acquired by Pedro Masaveu Peterson (1938-1993).

This exhibition, jointly organised by the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation and the Valencia Fine Arts Museum.

The collection of Sorolla's works in the Museo de Bellas Artes de València consists of fifty-three paintings of varying size, style, period and subject, and offers a clear overview of his life and artistic career, from his first work, the Still Life, which he signed in 1878 at the age of barely 15, to one of his last portraits, that of the Spanish doctor, scientist and politician Amalio Gimeno y Cabañas (1852-1936), which he painted in the garden of his house in 1919, shortly before Sorolla suffered a stroke that prevented him from painting for the last three years before his death in 1923.

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