OIL PAINTING: Antes del bano [Before Bathing], 1909
Partly it is Sorrolla's joyous style, with its focus on the play of light over the bright surfaces of things. Partly it is the subjects of Sorrolla paintings, mainly the people and sun-drenched places of his native Valencia. Partly it is his imaginative and highly original use of color, which involves the juxtaposition of colors that one would think might clash but which come together to form a harmonious whole. Partly it is his depiction of sunlight on water, one of his favorite natural effects and one which no other painter has been able to capture in quite the way Sorolla did - Antes del bano [Before Bathing], 1909, La bata rosa [The Pink Robe], 1916.