Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) signed his many masterpieces in a variety of ways. His signature was not as small and discreet as some artists who choose to sign their paintings with a monogram or initials. Sorolla would write his name in large cursive letters, sometimes adding the date or additional information. The painter would not write his entire name. He most commonly chose the abbreviation “J. Sorolla.” In the most iconic version of his signature “J. Sorolla” is underlined. Plenty of variations can be found where Sorolla signs “Sorolla y Bastida,” “J. Sorolla y Bastida,” or simply “Joaquín.”
Sorolla usually signed in black paint, or a dark color that did not compete with the composition. His painted signature looked much like a penned signature, written in a very natural, freehand style.
J. Sorolla, 1887
Sorolla y Bastida, 1909
J. Sorolla with inscription
J. Sorolla underlined
Self Portrait signed "Joaqu n"
J. Sorolla "Boats on the Beach" "Barcas en la Playa"