Hedgewitch suggests a short ekphrasis type of poem, perhaps haiku or another of the short poetic forms, or invites us to choose free verse up to 100 words, and she has provided ten wonderful examples of Sorolla's art.
In my own research, I found many more, and was hard-pressed to choose among the many.
For instance, the painting which set Sorolla free from the necessity of portraiture and salon art is called Triste Herencia, or "Sad Inheritance", showing crippled children bathing in the sea under the watchful eye of a monk. It made the world aware of the effects of a polio epidemic, and aware of the artist at the same time.
|Sad Inheritance, 1900|
|The artist's wife and daughters|
in the garden, 1900,
showing how he enjoyed
the play of light and shade.
|Walk on the Beach, 1909.|
The bright light at seaside was always one of Sorolla's favorites.
My own favorites, however, are the ones below, both of them showing mothers with infants. The tenderness of a happily married artist, with children of his own, is, to me, unmistakable in these two studies of maternal warmth.
smiling to herself
no bliss could be
as much to me
as seeing thee