b. Bordeaux, 1808 - d. Mentnon, 1876
Diaz de la Peňa, a French painter of Spanish origin, began his career as a porcelain painter in a china factory. He was fond of Corregio and Delacroix. For some time he worked with Millet and he is known to have said that while Millet painted nettles, he preferred to paint roses. Diaz was a born colorist and was keen on unusual lighting. His works were much admired by Renoir and other Impressionists.