Along the Guadalquivir

Triana from Paseo de Marqués de Contadero.


Year 1996
Oil on board
43 x 61 cm

At the beginning, the Guadalquivir River formed a large bay that flooded the current provinces of Huelva, Seville and Cadiz, opening up to the ocean through a strait of several kilometres to the Punta del Perro (lighthouse of Chipiona). With the dragging of fluvial materials it formed islets and decomposed into a hydra with three fluvial arms whose area of convergence was called Triana.

At the beginning of the 1st millennium BC, when the river beds stabilised, the westernmost arm began to separate until it was cornered at the foot of the Aljarafe, and a long island emerged, comprising Los Remedios, Triana and La Cartuja.

This quarter of Triana was the old suburb, the last square and guardhouse of the city of Seville, before it reached the bridge and the walls that protected it.

It was traditionally a neighbourhood of sailors, potters, workers, and industrialists, famous for its bullfighters, singers, and flamenco dancers.

© María José Aguilar

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