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Kitchen Still Life
Ponce, Antonio
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Ponce, Antonio

Valladolid, 1608 - Valladolid, 1667

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Kitchen Still Life

Mid-XVIIcentury. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

Several aspects of this undated work indicate it was painted during the transition between the first and second halves of the 17th century. It clearly draws on Van der Hamen but some smaller details appear to foreshadow the baroque tendencies explored by Pereda in that century’s sixth decade, when Philip IV’s (1621-1665) reign was beginning to decline. And as Pérez Sánchez pointed out (1982, no. 40), It also echoes contemporaneous Neapolitan creations of the sort associated with the Reccos and Ruoppolo.

Ponce, who apprenticed to Van der Hamen and later became one of his collaborators, drew various ideas from his teacher without fully adopting his stylistic traits. Here we see a curious combination of kitchen utensils arranged on a long stone surface whose right edge is visible. And on the left, the scene’s everyday rigor is softened by flowers. The deliberate disorder generated by the crowded elements suggests they were laid out haphazardly due to a lack of space but their overall presentation remains frontal and parallel to the work’s main axis. With its tenebrist resonances, the lighting brings out the volumes in contrast with the shadows. The reduced palette favors earth tones enlivened with touches of red, white, green and yellow. Some of these characteristics recall the work of Loarte or Van der Hamen’s final period: an accumulation of objects that conveys a sort of confused disorganization, somewhat lighter backgrounds, fine tactile qualities, a contrast between highlights and matte surfaces, certain details of the stone surface’s edge, back-lit motives and the play of diagonals all suggest a new consideration of the inert aspects of the still life on the threshold of the Baroque’s growing dynamism.

Orihuela identifies the author by his technique: his tight approach, with a succession of flat brushstrokes intermittently broken by more impasto touches that convey the reflection of light entering from the left. As was often the case with this artist, there is a curious manner of delimiting the profiles of certain elements with thicker, more insistent lines that emphasize their reality with greater vigor (Text drawn from Luna, J. J.: El bodegón español en el Prado. De Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 70).

Technical data

Inventory number
Ponce, Antonio
Kitchen Still Life
Mid-XVII century
Height: 55.5 cm; Width: 94 cm
Lafora Collection; acquired from Encarnación Ballesteros Mier, 1987.

Bibliography +

Exposición de Anticuarios de España1ª1966Madrid), I Exposición de Anticuarios de España, Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. Dirección Gener, Madrid, 1966, pp. nº 326.

Torres Martin, R., Maestros del Tenebrismo Español, Club Urbis, Madrid, 1967, pp. nº 14.

Torres Martin, Ramon, La naturaleza muerta en la pintura española, Seix Barral, Barcelona, 1971, pp. 66.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Pintura española de bodegones y floreros de 1600 a Goya, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1983, pp. 62.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Pintura Española de Bodegones y Floreros, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokio, 1992, pp. nº16.

Jordan, William B., El bodegón español de Velázquez a Goya, Ediciones el Viso, Madrid, 1995, pp. 67.

Museo Nacional del Prado, La belleza de lo real: floreros y bodegones españoles en el, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1995, pp. nº10.

Jordan, William B., Spanish Still Life From Velazquez To Goya, National Gallery, Londres, 1995, pp. 67.

Museo del Prado, Últimas adquisiciones: 1982-1995, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1995, pp. 40.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, III, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Cherry, Peter, Arte y naturaleza: el bodegón español en el siglo de oro, Ediciones Doce Calles, Madrid, 1999, pp. 254.

Milicua, José, El bodegón español: de Zurbarán a Picasso, Fundación Bilbao Bizkaia KutxaMuseo de Bellas Arte, Bilbao, 1999, pp. 108.

Esplendores de Espanha de el Greco a Velazquez, Arte Viva, Río De Janeiro, 2000, pp. 232.

Luna, Juan J., El bodegón español en el Prado: de Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2008, pp. 70/71.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2169.
Autor: Ponce, Antonio / 2169. Titulo: Bodegón de cocina / Tipo de obra: pintura / Medidas: 0,555 x 0,940 m. / Técnica/soporte: óleo sobre lienzo / Nº de catalogo: 7294 / Observaciones: firmado: 'Antº Ponze/feci' en zona lateral derecha. / Adquirido por el Estado a Dª Encarnación Ballesteros en 12.000.000 ptas. Ingresado en el museo el 5-VI-1987. O.M. de 20-V-1987.

Inscriptions +

Anto Ponze / Fect
Signed. Front, right side

Exhibitions +

El bodegón español en el Prado
24.03.2011 - 26.06.2011

El bodegón español en el Prado
11.03.2010 - 06.06.2010

El bodegón español en el Prado
12.10.2009 - 14.02.2010

El bodegón español en el Prado
25.06.2009 - 20.09.2009

El bodegón español en el Prado
31.03.2009 - 31.05.2009

El bodegón español en el Prado
24.09.2008 - 30.11.2008

De El Greco a Velázquez. La cultura española durante la Unión Ibérica, 1580-1640
Río de Janeiro
12.07.2000 - 24.09.2000

Bodegones españoles
21.04.1992 - 31.05.1992

Bodegones españoles
11.02.1992 - 12.04.1992

Displayed objects +

Domestic items

Update date: 31-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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