“Naturemort with pretzel,” Luis Melendez

“Naturemort with pretzel,” Luis Melendez
"Naturemort with pretzel," Luis Melendez - 1

  • Posted by Luis Melendez
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1770

Overview of the painting :

Still life with pretzel – Louis Melendez. 1770. Oil on canvas. 49×37

   Melendez is the largest representative of 18th century still life painting. Numerous paintings of the Spaniard continue the tradition of depicting gifts of their native nature, laid down by Dutch artists of the 17th century who willingly depicted the products of their area.

   Still life was created in the late period of the artist’s work, when luxury goods and silver dishes appear in his compositions. But the master is still true 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 glass is reflected in the matte surface of the silver vase, the just baked pretzel lying on a white napkin beckons with unripened pulp, the clogged bottle gleams with a high neck, the elegant fork is located on the very edge of the illuminated table.

   Despite the detail of Melendez’s painting in his paintings, unlike the works of the Dutch, there is no sense of a cozy life of a residential building.