The Art of Charles Sovek


Light and Color, Sorolla Style
The Artist's Magazine - December, 1990

Enlargement of Illustration

Studying the Forms - Beneath the astonishing array of color and tonal changes in this busy subject (below) lies a rock-solid treatment of the forms. Sorolla eliminated all but the foreground cluster of figures and their reflections and reduced the values to a light, halftone and shadow. Yet the forms still appear lightstruck and structurally convincing. Rather than pitching everything high key at the beach, Sorolla structured his work with a full range of values.