“Naturmort with plums, figs and jugs,” Luis Melendez – overview of the painting

“Naturmort with plums, figs and jugs,” Luis Melendez – overview of the painting
“Naturmort with plums, figs and jugs,” Luis Melendez - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Luis Melendez
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: XVIII century

Overview of the painting :

Still life with plums, figs and jugs – Louis Melendez. XVIII century. Oil on canvas. 35 x 48 cm

   The paintings of this Spanish artist are always impressive in their quality and realistic image, although we are only talking about reproducing the appearance of various household utensils, berries, fruits and other food products. However, all these components have not only different sizes, shape and color, but also texture. This is a particular difficulty for artists, with which Melendez dealt masterfully.

   The composition of the still life with plums is multifaceted, as in most of these works of the artist. On the farthest plane is a deep ceramic bowl, from which the tail of a rather large fish is visible. In the center is the largest item in the composition – a tall wooden barrel. Near him a barely visible stack of deep plates of white coarse ceramics with a blue border was added.

   The middle plan is represented by a large bun of freshly baked homemade bread and a white ceramic jug with an interesting twisted handle and a thin red stripe on the neck. The loose texture of the bread at the fault is transmitted masterly, and it seems that the aroma of fresh pastries is felt in the air. The crust looks baked and crispy, and the crumb looks airy and tender.

   The same can be said of the jug. It is written so qualitatively that on its surface you can consider all the pores and the smallest defects, even circular traces that were formed during its creation during the movement of the potter’s circle. The most important thing in this picture is fruit. They are located in the foreground. This is a scattering of ripe honey plums and three large black figs. Plums look great, their texture is transmitted with great skill. There is some transparency of their juicy pulp, a seated coating on the surface gives the fruits realism. Overripe figs with a bursting base add a special twist to the canvas.