Joaquín SOROLLA y Bastida (1863–1923)
The Blind Man of Toledo (El ciego de Toledo), 1906
Oil on canvas (óleo sobre lienzo)
Museum Purchase; Meadows Foundation Funds with private donations, 03.01
In 1906, the great Spanish impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla met his friend, the plein-air landscape painter Aureliano de Beruete (1845–1912) at Toledo. This was Sorolla’s first visit to Toledo and its beauty impressed him tremendously. Sorolla painted twenty canvases depicting multiple views of Toledo over a two-week period, a number that reflects the rapid cadence of his work.
One of the most important works produced during that campaign is undoubtedly The Blind Man of Toledo. The scene depicts an elderly man wearing traditional Castilian dress strolling to the upper part of the city. Behind him stands the impressive Bridge of Alcántara, an important landmark that, among other relevant artists, El Greco also included in several of his works. The composition is ambitious, incorporating not only landscape and architecture, but also a human figure. It is a rare example, compared with other works in his oeuvre, in which the interest is not only pictorial, but also poetic.
Durante los últimos días de octubre de 1906, Sorolla se encontró con su buen amigo el pintor Aureliano de Beruete (1845–1912) en Toledo, ciudad medieval de relevante importancia histórica situada en el corazón de Castilla. Era la primera vez que Sorolla visitaba Toledo y su belleza le impresionó muchísimo. Durante las dos semanas que duró su estancia, Sorolla pinto veinte paisajes reproduciendo diversas vistas de Toledo, un elevado número de obras para tan poco tiempo que refleja la rapidez con la que trabajaba.
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