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Still Life with Chocolate Service
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Chocolate Service
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

When describing the work of this prolific painter of still lifes, it is frequently said that Luis Meléndez included only commonplace objects in his canvases; this painting, in fact, offers the [+]

Still Life with Small Pears, Bread, Flask, Bowl and Dry Leaves
Oil on canvas. 1760
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Small Pears, Bread, Flask, Bowl and Dry Leaves
Oil on canvas. 1760
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Sobre una tosca mesa de madera, descrita táctilmente con los pequeños detalles de la calidad del material, visibles en nudos y muescas, aparecen desordenadamente situadas unas cuantas “peritas de San [+]

Still Life with Oranges, Melon and Boxes of Sweets
Oil on canvas. Third quarter of the XVIII century
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Oranges, Melon and Boxes of Sweets
Oil on canvas. Third quarter of the XVIII century
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

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Still Life with Oysters, Garlic, Eggs, Pot and Pan
Oil on canvas. 1772
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Oysters, Garlic, Eggs, Pot and Pan
Oil on canvas. 1772
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

This highly original still life presents various oysters in the fore and middle grounds—a relatively infrequent element in Meléndez’s paintings. The foreground is completed by some cloves of ga [+]

Still Life with Box of Jelly, Bread, Salver with Glass and Cooler
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Box of Jelly, Bread, Salver with Glass and Cooler
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Meléndez’s works are characterized by his interest in familiar, everyday realities, which he places in the immediate foreground as if seeking direct contact with the viewer. And yet, in the con [+]

Still Life with Grapes
Oil on canvas. 1771
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Grapes
Oil on canvas. 1771
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

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Still Life with Partridges, Onions, Garlic and Vessels
Oil on canvas. Last third of the XVIII century
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Partridges, Onions, Garlic and Vessels
Oil on canvas. Last third of the XVIII century
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Hunting subjects are rare in Meléndez's work. Here, two multicolored partridges are the composition's main theme. Alongside them, in the foreground, are two cloves of garlic, some paper packages and t [+]

Still Life with Watermelon, Pastries, Bread and Wine
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Watermelon, Pastries, Bread and Wine
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Luis Meléndez distinguished himself as the greatest bodegón, or still-life, painter in late eighteenth-century Spain. By this time, the popularity of the genre had declined in Spain and [+]

Still Life with Plate of Blackberries, Antilles Cherries and Hazelnuts in a Landscape
Oil on canvas. 1774
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Plate of Blackberries, Antilles Cherries and Hazelnuts in a Landscape
Oil on canvas. 1774
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

This painting’s realistic appearance is generated with delicate chiaroscuro effects that bring out different parts of the painting, and enhanced by the outdoor effect created by the landscape in the b [+]

Still Life with Limes, Box of Jelly, Butterfly and Vessels
Oil on canvas. Third quarter of the XVIII century
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Limes, Box of Jelly, Butterfly and Vessels
Oil on canvas. Third quarter of the XVIII century
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Some limes, laid out with the artist's habitual disorder, occupy almost half the canvas. Behind them, a honey pot of the popular green-glazed type from Biar or Lucena shows the painter's eye for detai [+]

Still Life with a Plate of Cherries, Plums a Pitcher and Cheese
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1760
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with a Plate of Cherries, Plums a Pitcher and Cheese
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1760
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

The first thing to catch the viewer’s eye is a splendid earthenware pitcher with a typical 18th-century tin-oxide white glaze and a Solomonic braided handle. The bright reflections of light on its cur [+]

Still Life with Plums, Figs and Bread
Oil on canvas. Second half of the XVIII century
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Plums, Figs and Bread
Oil on canvas. Second half of the XVIII century
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Se ve un plato, del tipo “castañuela”, de borde historiado -siguiendo un diseño popular- que posiblemente posea un origen talaverano; ejerce el papel de recipiente desbordado por las ciruelas, algunas [+]

Still Life with Breams, Oranges, Garlic, Seasoning and Kitchen Utensils
Oil on canvas. 1772
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Breams, Oranges, Garlic, Seasoning and Kitchen Utensils
Oil on canvas. 1772
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Two splendid sea breams play the leading role here. They are surrounded by lesser motifs, including oranges, a kitchen towel, a head of garlic, and packet of what is probably spice, two terracotta bow [+]

Still Life with Pomegranates, Apples, Haw Berries and Grapes in a Landscape
Oil on canvas. 1771
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Pomegranates, Apples, Haw Berries and Grapes in a Landscape
Oil on canvas. 1771
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Meléndez has managed to integrate different fruits in a disordered thematic association that combines open pomegranates -showing the richness of their transparent seeds- with grapes, elongated [+]

Still Life with Plate of Haw Berries, Fruits, Cheese, Honey-Jar and Vessels
Oil on canvas. 1771
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Plate of Haw Berries, Fruits, Cheese, Honey-Jar and Vessels
Oil on canvas. 1771
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

En este bodegón los alimentos están dispuestos en primer término: un plato con acerolas, cuyos fuertes matices rojos atraen la vista hacia el centro de la escena, acompañado, a un lado, por manzanas y [+]

Still Life with Oranges, Honey-Jar, Boxes of Sweetmeats and Watermelons
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1760
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Oranges, Honey-Jar, Boxes of Sweetmeats and Watermelons
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1760
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

This still life is one of the forty-four such painting which Meléndez painted for the natural history cabinet of Charles Prince of Asturias. The artist had conceived this vast visual natural hi [+]

Still Life with Watermelons and Apples in a Landscape
Oil on canvas. 1771
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Watermelons and Apples in a Landscape
Oil on canvas. 1771
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

The fruit in the foreground is projected with unrivaled expressive force—a superb rendering of its attractive freshness. The works sober composition is executed in a manner that brings out its author’ [+]

Still Life with Salmon, Lemon and three Vessels
Oil on canvas. 1772
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Salmon, Lemon and three Vessels
Oil on canvas. 1772
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

This superb example of the artist's virtuosity at capturing elements with a direct and realistic language can be considered a work from late in his career. A sole lemon in the foreground offsets the g [+]

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