Friday, August 12, 6 PM


Sorolla’s work will be featured in the exhibition “In the Light of the Garden”

opening August 7 at the Museum

Joaquín Sorolla, Fuente y rosal de la Casa Sorolla, 1918–19.

Oil on canvas, 27 ⅞ x 34 ⅔ inches. Museo Sorolla, Madrid


WATER MILL, 7/28/2022—Artist and professor Neill Slaughter will delve into the connections among artists Joaquín Sorolla, (Spanish, 1863−1923) and his contemporaries John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), and Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860–1920) in a talk at the Museum, introduced by Alicia G. Longwell, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator.  The program is created in conjunction with the exhibition  Joaquín Sorolla and Esteban Vicente: In the Light of the Garden, (on view August 7–October 16, 2022) featuring the work of the two preeminent Spanish artists in the context of the light and color emanating from their gardens.

Sorolla, Sargent, and Zorn became internationally renowned during their lifetimes, primarily as portrait artists. All three ultimately turned their practice from portraiture to renderings of landscapes and seascapes marked by brushy naturalism or realism and often depicting the populace, family, and friends. In his talk, Slaughter will explore the similarities and points of departure of the artists working at the same time but in different countries. Throughout his own career as an artist and professor, Slaughter has traveled throughout the world to teach, conduct research, and create art; and has been the recipient of myriad international grants and fellowships including Ford Foundation Fellowship, Scottish Arts Council Grant, LMU Research Grant to Africa. and a Fulbright Fellowship to India. These combined experiences provided him with a unique perspective on art and artists and influenced his own paintings, which often reflect the social conditions of his surroundings.


About the Exhibition

Joaquín Sorolla and Esteban Vicente: In the Light of the Garden focuses on the work of Sorolla and Vicente through the lens of a mutual affinity for the garden as both theme and inspiration, and to the extent that each created and nurtured his own garden to serve a sustaining vision. The exhibition is augmented by paintings and works on paper by Parrish collection artists including Jennifer Bartlett, Charles Burchfield, William Merritt Chase, Robert Dash, Arshile Gorky, Robert Jakob, Jane Peterson, William Lamb Picknell, Fairfield Porter, Ned Smyth, Saul Steinberg, Joseph Stella, Michelle Stuart, Billy Sullivan, and Donald Sultan—each inspired by their own landscapes.


Neill Slaughter

Professor emeritus at Long Island University, Slaughter earned an MFA from Indiana University in Drawing and Painting and has taught at the university level for 38 years.  In 2003 he was presented the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching granted by Long Island University and in 2008 he mounted a 30-year retrospective, which included a full color catalogue.


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