Museums and Art

"Still Life with Pretzel", Luis Melendez


Still Life with Pretzel - Luis Melendez. 49x37

Melendez is the largest representative of still life painting of the XVIII century. Numerous canvases of the Spaniard continue the tradition of depicting gifts of native nature, laid down by Dutch artists of the 17th century, who willingly depicted products of their area.

Still life was created in the late period of the artist’s work, when luxury items and silver utensils appear in his compositions. But the master is still faithful to his ideals and works in the best traditions of the genre. It seems that the objects on the canvas are tangible: the fragile glass of the glass is reflected in the matte surface of a silver vase, the just-baked pretzel lying on a white napkin beckons with its ripe flesh, the corked bottle gleams with a high neck, an elegant fork is located on the very edge of the lighted table.

Despite the detail of the painting by Melendez, in his paintings, in contrast to the work of the Dutch, there is no sense of the cozy life of a residential building.