I wrote a lengthy post dealing with my visit to the Sorolla museum in Madrid. I also wrote about some of his early paintings.
The present post expands on the post just cited. Below are images of his works during the 1880s decade when he was in his late teens to mid-twenties. He was young, his mature style had yet to appear, and he needed to make paintings to satisfy student requirements or to earn some money and become established as a professional artist.
Readers might find it interesting to note the degree of skill that he had even in those early days. They might also try looking for signs of his later style (I failed to find much).
He was about age 18 when this was painted.
This somewhat sketchy "Historical Scene" was made when he was twenty.
A year later he depicted a scene from the Peninsular War. Here his style is crisp, illustration-like.
From the same year, but more richly done. His treatment of clothing hints at his later work.
Finally a genre scene -- what he built his career on.
Classical, mythological events were popular subjects, so here he painted something that Alma-Tadema might have done.
Again, a bit sketchy in places. A small hint of his mature style.
This formal pose was unusual for Sorolla.
Another genre scene, this set in Valencia which was the site of many of his later works.