Diego Velazquez OLD WOMAN COOKING EGGS is my favorite painting.
Yareah magazine next issue is titled “MY PICTURE”. This is mine:
OLD WOMAN COOKING EGGS, 1618, by Diego Velazquez
Diego Rodriguez da Silva y Velazquez (1599-1660) is one of the best painters of the History of Art. He was named painter of the Court of Philip IV of Spain when he only was 24 and he is a master of almost every genre:
-Portraits: Las Meninas.
-Historical pictures: The Surrender of Breda.
-Religious works: Coronation of the Virgin.
-Mythological large paintings: The Forge of Vulcan; The Spinners; or The Triumph of Bacchus. Here, he humanizes the old classical myths using popular models.
-Landscapes: The Garden of Villa Medici.
Of course all of them fantastic, all of them examples of his magisterial technique, characterized by a special optic achievement called “atmospheric perspective” (Velazquez was able to paint air and light among objects and figures) and Baroque compositions with different points of light which illuminate the scenes with a peculiar chiaroscuro.
However, Velazquez less valued paintings, those which painted in Seville before going to Madrid, have been what have impressed me the most. Usually, they are works about the daily life of those times: men working and women at home. Then, not very exciting topics and a monotony of colors (ochre, white and black) but every detail is so perfect, so realist, that they caught strongly my attention from the beginning, because I felt some objects were going to jump out of the canvas to our reality. In fact, it could be their reality… a perfect mirror of our lives!
These eggs are so real! Every time I saw them I start to be hungry and to remember my grandma’s kitchen an to see her old face in the face of Diego Velazquez figure and my childish face in Diego Velazquez boy… I return to my childhood.
Maybe this is the reason why I love “Old Woman Cooking Eggs” so much.