By the Guadalquivir

View of the Triana neighborhood from the Paseo de Marqués de Contadero (Marqués de Contadero Promenade).

 

By the Guadalquivir, 1996

Oil on wood

43 x 61 cm

 

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At the beginning, the Guadalquivir river made up a large bay that flooded the current provinces of Huela, Seville, and Cádiz, opening up to the ocean through a channel of several kilometers to the Punta del Perro (Dog Point; Chipiona lighthouse). With the drag of river materials it started to form islets and break down into a hydra of three river branches where the convergence zone was called Triana.

 

At the beginning of the 1st Millennium A.C., when the river channels stabilize, the most westerly branch will continue to separate until becoming cornered at the feet of the Aljarafe becoming a long island that includes Los Remedios, Triana, and La Cartuja.

 

This neighborhood was an old suburb, final plaza, and guard of the city of Seville before reaching el Puente (the Bridge) and the walls.

 

Traditionally, it was a neighborhood of sailors, potters, laborers, and industrial workers. Famous for its bullfighters, singers, and flamenco dancers.

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María José Aguilar

María José Aguilar is born in 1964 in the city of Seville, Spain.

From her earliest age she demonstrates artistic inclination and abilities.

She grow up admiring great masters of the History of Painting, especially the Spanish Baroque painters like Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Valdés Leal ... those that would have a first and great influence on her.

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