“Naturemort with a plate of pears and cherries,” Luis Melendez – overview of the painting

“Naturemort with a plate of pears and cherries,” Luis Melendez – overview of the painting
“Naturemort with a plate of pears and cherries,” Luis Melendez - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Luis Melendez
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1773

Overview of the painting :

Still life with a plate of pears and cherries – Luis Melendez. 1773. Oil on canvas. 41 x 62 cm.

   This picture is one of the bright representatives of the Bodegon genre, in which Melendez was a real master. His 44 still lifes are now stored in one of the most famous museums in Spain, which suggests that the descendants praised the artist’s work, unlike his contemporaries.

   At first glance, the picture seems completely uncomplicated, because there are very few different objects on it, just a large simple plate of white ceramics with a blue border and a curly edge, filled with summer small pears, branches with ripe cherries, a pair of juicy apricots. All this solar splendor is located on a large table with a rude, thick, wooden countertop that is found in all Melendez still lifes.

   Greenish yellow with pinkish barrels of pears lie in a plate in which cherry branches with ripe glossy fruits hanging on them are inserted. The surface of the pears has a light spilled gloss, while the cherries are as if covered with varnish. This creates a pleasant texture game, which is shaded by the uteriness of dried leaves on branches.

   If all the fruits were located in the center of the canvas, it would give the impression of simple student work. But the artist was clearly never afraid of difficulties, so he has different fruits all over the countertop.

   Two large paired pears in one part of the picture on one petiole are distinguished by a pretty solar “zagar”. The smooth surface of their skin reflects and shades the rough and rough surface of the broken petiole, slightly dried green with brown shades of leaves. A bright dark red color of cherries shines like gems against a dark background of the table and walls, and their leaves with a serrated edge pleasantly contrast with the rounded outlines of the leaves of two ripe velvet apricots lying on the other side of the table.