Longwell discusses Sorolla on Thursday September 8,

and Vicente on September 15. Both talks are at noon 

Alicia Longwell. Photo: Jenny Gorman. Joaquín Sorolla, Patio de la Casa Sorolla, 1917.
Oil on canvas, 37 ¾ x 25 ½ inches. Colección Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, on free loan to Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga. Esteban Vicente, From Above, 1997. Oil on canvas, 50 x 42 inches. Collection Jim and Audra Weiss, Mill Valley, CA.


WATER MILL, 8/22/2022— In two noontime talks at the Parrish, Alicia G. Longwell, Ph.D, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, will share her insights and scholarship on Joaquín Sorolla (Spanish, 1863−1923), and Esteban Vicente (American, born Spain, 1903–2001)—two preeminent Spanish artists who were deeply inspired by the light and color emanating from their gardens during their later creative periods. Their work is currently on view in the exhibition In the Light of the Garden, organized by Longwell and featuring paintings by Sorolla dating from 1916–1919; and paintings, works on paper, and small sculptures made by Vicente between 1985 and 2000. Longwell focuses on Sorolla in her talk on September 8, and on Vicente on September 15. Guests are invited to preorder lunch through the Café at the Parrish to enjoy during the talk. Outside food is not permitted at the Museum. Attendees may enjoy a special discount in the Parrish Café. Tickets are $12 Adults | $9 Seniors | Free for Members, Students, Children.


Alicia Longwell on Joaquín Sorolla

Thursday, September 8, Noon

In 1905, the internationally celebrated artist Joaquín Sorolla chose for his new home a plot of land

far from central Madrid, on what is now Calle General Martínez Campos, where his closest neighbors were wandering goat herds. Renowned not only for history painting and portraits but also seaside vistas in the Impressionist mode, Sorolla wanted above all to unite his three passions—for family, painting, and being outdoors in nature. He designed the house and adjoining studio in meticulous detail, creating three separate gardens and a courtyard that would integrate seamlessly with the architectural elements and unite the site into a functional and harmonious whole. By 1911 his wife Clotilde and children were living there.

It would take another five years to complete the gardens. Sorolla conceived the garden at his Madrid home as a reflection of his creativity and a work of art in itself. In his late paintings on view in the exhibition, Sorolla is no longer concerned with describing the individual elements that he has so carefully

orchestrated. He is capturing in paint the color, light, and atmosphere of his beloved gardens—an approach that has become his enduring legacy.


Alicia Longwell on Esteban Vicente

Thursday, September 15, Noon

Esteban Vicente was born in the Spanish countryside village of Turégano. Following periods of work and study in Paris and Barcelona in the 1920s and ‘30s, Vicente immigrated to New York and in 1940, became an American citizen. He soon formed close friendships with many New York School painters including Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. Although considered an Abstract Expressionist, the work of his last decades became looser, more diffuse, and deeply grounded in nature.

In 1964 a move to Bridgehampton on Long Island’s East End allowed Vicente an extended period out of the city. He soon began a garden and in lieu of formal planning, he took his cue from the surrounding meadow to create a naturalistic setting marked by large swaths of native plants massed to spectacular effect.Vicente set up a studio in an 18th-century barn at his farmhouse where he painted his garden’s changing field of color. Favorite flowers like poppies, black-eyed Susans, Queen Anne’s lace, sunflowers, and day lilies played against the green of the meadow, furnishing continual inspiration for his late paintings


In the Light of the Garden is presented in collaboration with the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Ana Doldán de Cáceres, Director and Museo Sorolla, Madrid. The exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue Joaquín Sorolla and Esteban Vicente: In the Light of the Garden, featuring essays by Ana Doldán de Cáceres and Eduardo Bardo Gómez.

The presentation at the Parrish Art Museum is organized by Alicia G. Longwell, Ph.D., Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education, and is supported by The Harriet and Esteban Vicente Foundation, N.Y.

The Parrish Art Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by the property taxpayers, from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.


Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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