"b. Bordeaux, 1809. His parents were banished from Spain on account of political troubles, and at ten years of age Diaz was left an orphan in a strange country. At fifteen years of age he was apprenticed to a maker of porcelain, where his talent first displayed itself. He quarreled with and left his master, and subsequently spent several years in most bitter poverty. After his ability as a most wonderful colorist was recognized, Diaz painted and sold many pictures, working too constantly and too hastily, as if endeavoring by the accumulation of a vast fortune to avenge the poverty of his youth. Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. d. 1876. " Verstile, unequal, impetuous Diaz. A brilliant colorist by blood, so much so as to obscure design; but charming in his genre landscape motives, in which he introduces little children, lovely women, or classical nymphs, or whatever affords him scope for his rich flesh tints in contrast with magnificently colored draperies on the rich, deep greens and browns of vegetation. Jarves, Art Thoughts." [P. 33.]
Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company, 1883.