was once a famous Spanish master, who took first
Spain, then Europe, then America by storm. Unfortunately,
much like his countryman and contemporary Enrique
Granados, Sorolla lived and worked when the
currents of modernism were roiling the art world
around the turn of the 20th century.
Early in his life Sorolla was seen as a realist
radical, an innovator in plein air techniques
who dared to paint ordinary people (even, as
in Sad Inheritance, cripples); late in his life
he was seen as a realist reactionary, stubbornly
clinging to an outmoded style in the time of
cubism, expressionism, and the triumph of modernism.