Sorolla, Joaquin - 1911 Portrait of Louis Comfort Tiffany
Type of Spiritual Experience
Louis Comfort Tiffany (February 18, 1848 – January 17, 1933) was an American artist and designer who worked in the decorative arts and is best known for his work in stained glass. He is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements. Tiffany was affiliated with a prestigious collaborative of designers known as the Associated Artists, which included Lockwood de Forest, Candace Wheeler, and Samuel Colman. Tiffany designed stained glass windows and lamps, glass mosaics, blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, enamels and metalwork.
This is one of the few portraits painted by Sorolla that are of a person out of doors - in this case in Louis's garden, and imbued with Sorolla's Light. It is as if he is saying - here we have a fellow spirit, a fellow creator, also full of the Light.
It is also painted with affection. Louis smokes a cigarillo and has his little dog with him, and the pose is very informal