“Losososina, lemon and three vessels,” Luis Melendez – overview of the painting
- Posted by Luis Melendez
- Museum: Prado Museum
- Year: Mid XVIII century
Overview of the painting :
Salmon, lemon and three vessels – Luis Melendez. The middle of the 18th century. Oil on canvas. 42 x 62 cm
This simple still life created by the Spanish master is acutely regrettable that modern artists cannot equally beautifully and “tasty” present mundane objects from ordinary human life.
The picture depicts a table with a copper jug standing on it with a long handle designed to hang over the hearth, a clay jug with a wide handle, covered with a large fragment of a bat of ceramics, a large bronze bowl. Most of all, two bright color spots attract attention – a large piece of the freshest salmon and a pretty solar lemon.
This still life gives the impression of a time stamped for centuries. It seems like the cook came out for a minute, leaving food and dishes on the table, in which she is going to prepare a delicious dinner for her owners. It looks all very natural, as if the composition for the picture was not created on purpose, deliberately selecting objects and other elements of the still life, but just the artist accidentally saw everything, was impressed and decided to create an immortal canvas on this topic.
The most impressive element in quality and accuracy is a piece of salmon in the center of the canvas. Looking at him, it seems that you literally smell the smell of fresh fish. A thick piece is composed of liquid on a section, a bright orange pulp glows on a modest brownish background and is perfectly shaded by the intense yellow color of lemon.
Each streak of fish is masterfully sealed, the white sugar ridge of salmon on the section looks dense and solid, while at the same time the flesh is elastic and supple. Lemon highlights with his porous skin, making up not only the perfect pair not only for items in still life, but also serving as an excellent taste supplement for fresh red fish.
At first glance, a simple and unpretentious still life is a very special work of art, masterfully emphasizing the difference in textures of several completely different objects at once.