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Eye Candy for Today: Meléndez still life with apples

Still Life with Apples, Grapes, Melons, Bread, Jug and Bottle, Luis Melendez
Still Life with Apples, Grapes, Melons, Bread, Jug and Bottle, Luis Meléndez

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museu Nacional D’Arte De Catalunya.

Here is another beautiful still life by 17th century Spanish master Luis Egidio Meléndez.

I’m particularly fascinated in this arrangement by the dark bottle and equally dark grapes as a counterpoint to the more prominent foreground objects. The entire composition seems to play with light against dark and dark against light, though for the most part with subtle variations in value.


3 responses to “Eye Candy for Today: Meléndez still life with apples”

  1. Ken Johnston wrote in may 2009 an art review on Luis Meléndez; Master of the Spanish sill life : Here is a time-tested recipe for success: fail at what you want to do, then do what you really can do. It worked for Luis Meléndez. He desperately sought appointment as a salaried court artist like his contemporary Francisco Goya, but his petitions to the king were rejected. So instead of producing unctuous portraits of nobles, grandiose history paintings and saccharine mythic scenes, he painted small, (19 by 14 inches) intensely realistic pictures of fruit, vegetables and kitchenware. Today he is considered the greatest still-life painter of 18th-century Spain.

  2. Typo: Ken JOHNSON, no t. The paper was the New York Times.
    A version of this review appears in print, on page C1 of the New York edition with the headline: A Spaniard Who Liked His Vegetables.