American Artist Magazine, June 2012

In collaboration with the Hispanic Society of America, we take a trip to Spain, where we consider the legacy of that country’s greatest masters. We explore the working methods of Sorolla, the lasting influence of Goya, and the techniques Velázquez used to create portraits of such power.




6    Editor’s Note
10  Letters
12  Art Mart
14  Quick Sketches
64  From the Archive
66  Exhibitions
70  Business of Art
74  Technical Q+A
76  Coming in...
78  Bulletin Board
80  Art for Thought


22 Perfecting Portraiture: Techniques and Materials to Breathe Life Into Your Pastel Portraits
by James duncan

34 Antonio López García: The Best of Both Worlds
by Allison Malafronte
Over the course of his career, this Spanish artist has combined his innate creativity, academic training, and the influence of modernism to arrive at an artistic language that embodies the best of two worlds.

40 Preserving Spain: Sorolla and the Hispanic Society of America
By Michael Gormley
In his monumental series Vision of Spain, Joaquín Sorolla sought not only to depict a culture but to preserve it in the face of modernization.

52 Through a Looking Glass, Surreally
By Austin R. Williams
In the early and mid-20th century, female artists from Mexico and the United States produced deeply layered and reflective surrealist works that explore the figure, the modern landscape, and surrealism’s own identity and legacy.

56 There Are No Rules: The World as Goya Saw It
By John A. Parks
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes produced some of the most dramatic, disturbing, and ravishing pictures in the history of art. Here, we learn how the last of the Old Masters became the most modern of painters.

64 Compare and Contrast: Velázquez and Sargent
By Eric Sutphin
Although separated by two centuries, Diego Velázquez (1599–1660) and John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) were both revered for their stunning depictions of figures brimming with life and personality. In this analysis of two portraits, the Spanish master’s influences, as well as Sargent’s adaptations of his techniques, are striking.

Cover Image
Flamenco Dancer (detail)
by Joaquín Sorolla, 1914, oil. Courtesy Museo Sorolla, Madrid, Spain. 








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