Description of the painting Diego Velazquez "Water Carrier"

Description of the painting Diego Velazquez

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The painting "Water Carrier" was painted in 1622 by an unusually gifted and educated Spanish artist Velazquez. It also has another name - "Seller of water from Seville."

With this picture, the artist added to his cycle of bodegones (translated from Spanish as a tavern). This series includes a number of paintings, but Aquifer has become the brightest pearl of the gallery.

Contemplating this canvas, we, as if through a window, see moments from the life of an ordinary person of that time, every stroke of faces, clothes and objects is so vividly and realistically conveyed.

In the “Seller of Water from Seville” Velazquez appears before us not only as a venerable creator of his paintings, but also as an attentive observer, as a person who is wonderfully versed in the feelings of people, in emotions, knows their history and traditions.

The painting depicts an elderly man - a water participant, that is how ironically called heretics - sectarians who did not consume either meat or wine, and put ordinary clean water at the forefront.

It can be seen with what sense of significance the water-carrier transmits a transparent glass to a young teenager and with what reverence the boy accepts this glass.

Some enchanting mystery blows from this picture.

A strange water-carrier, immersed in his own thoughts, a boy whose face reflected reflection, a strange, dark figure of a large man in the background.

Hands on a glass leg, as if symbolizing a meeting of two times - the old hand transfers youth to water. Water has always been a symbol of life, so what does the old man convey to the youth?

Some art historians argue that the picture is filled not so much with open meaning, but with allegory. In the center of the picture, a glass of water stands out as a bright spot. At the bottom of the glass you can see the fig berry.

Perhaps the fig was used to give the water a special taste, or perhaps the artist wrote this detail due to the fact that the fig is a symbol of eroticism. Then the seriousness of the boy and the detachment of the water carrier are clear. The water carrier only offers the young man a forbidden fruit, and accepting or rejecting such a symbol is the boy’s choice. The youth takes a glass.

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Watch the video: An Art History Professors Thoughts on a Painting by Velazquez with Alexander Nemerov (August 2022).