Picture Breakfast, Diego de Silva Velazquez
- Posted by Diego Velazquez
- Museum: Hermitage
- Year: Around 1617
Overview of the painting :
Breakfast – Diego de Silva Velazquez. Around 1617. Oil on canvas. 108.5×102
The court painter of the king, don Diego de Silva Velazquez, along with portraits of crowned individuals and high-born grandees, also wrote ordinary people: peasants and soldiers, regulars of taverns in the genre of “bodegones” (“cabachok, tavern”). With a special feeling, the artist creates small scenes from the life of the people that were characteristic of the early period of his work.
In the picture “Breakfast” the influence of the Italian Caravaggio guesses, which affects both the choice of the plot and the use of sharp contrasting lighting and cut-off modeling of the figures. Velazquez portrayed two funny young men, possibly soldiers who invited an old tramp to their company. Similar scenes and types are often repeated in the artist’s work.
The work is built on the contrast of young, energy-filling youths with a calmer, wiser life old man who listens carefully to them. This comparison is nevertheless filed very tactfully and unobtrusively. Still life in the foreground is characterized by the severity and stinginess of objects, which was inherent in Spanish masters. There is an assumption that in the image of a young man sitting on the right, the artist portrayed himself.