"(Dec'd.) Born at bordeaux, 1807. 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 bitter poverty. After his ability as a most wonderful colorist was recognized, Diaz painted and sold many pictures, working even too Constantly, as if endeavoring by the accumulation of a vast fortune, to avenge the poverty of his youth. Medals, 1844, 1846, 1848. Legion of Honor, 1851. Died, 1876. Diploma to the memory of deceased artists, Exposition Universelle, 1878. ' versatile, unequal, impetuous Diaz. A brilliant colorist by blood. 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.' - Jarvis, Art Thoughts. Forest of Fontainebleau. 30 x 39. No. 279 from the Seney collection."
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.