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The Sun King

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Valencia Beach: Morning Light, oil on canvas, 1908.

The welcome that the Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida received in the U.S. was as warm as the light in his pictures. Continue reading

Not Made by Hands

Amethyst, La Sopressa Mine, Amatitlan, Guerrero, Mexico, 5 inches tall.

Wrested from the depths of the earth but possessing a beauty that seems almost unearthly, fine mineral specimens are now being collected as natural works of art. Continue reading

Keeping It Real

Richard Merkin, Gertrude and George, 1979, pastel;

Works from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection, now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, broaden the definition of American realism. Continue reading