Created sometime between 1618-1622, Diego Velazquez’s The Waterseller Of Seville holds an important place in the artist’s body of work. It has been claimed that the original is now displayed at Apsley House, the Wellington Museum. This painting by Velazquez was created when he was between 18 and 24 years old and is one of three versions of the work created by him.
Velazquez was born in Seville and would eventually move to Madrid one year after finishing this piece where he would go on to become a court painter for the Spanish monarchy. In The Waterseller Of Seville Velazquez has crafted a scene reminiscent of everyday life of people living in his home city. Derived from an observational study on a local water-seller, this piece displays his innovative technique and ease with portraying human nature.
The Waterseller Of Seville is truly emblematic of Velazquez’s genius as an artist; a classic example of how he could capture real life movements as well as demonstrating his adeptness at using oil paints to give vivid textures and colors to his work. It stands as testament to his prodigious technical abilities while providing insight into daily life in 17th century Spain.