Still life with game, vegetables and lemons, Sanchez Juan Kotan, 1602

Still life with game, vegetables and lemons, Sanchez Juan Kotan, 1602
Still life with game, vegetables and lemons, Sanchez Juan Kotan, 1602 - 1

  • Posted by Sanchez Juan Kotan
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1602

Overview of the painting :

Still life with game, vegetables and lemons – Sanchez Juan Kotan. 1602. Oil on canvas. 68×88.2
   Kotan (1560 / 1561-1627) – a master of still life, introduced into the European painting of the XVII century a special Spanish type of this genre – “bode-gon”, meaning “chancechen, edible shop” in the translation. He depicted the figures of merchants, cooks, and breakfast characters, who later received further embodiment in the work of other Spanish artists.

   Still life with game, vegetables and lemons is one of the first Spanish works written at the beginning of the 17th century in the genre of still life, and the few canvases that have reached our time. Thanks to contrast lighting used in the best traditions of caravajism, objects isolated from each other and suspended on thin ropes seem to be pushed out by a black background from the picturesque space.

   In the ascetic pictorial system, the principle of elementary ordination is combined with the detailed thoughtfulness of the composition, the exact sensation of plastic shape, a separate object, on the one hand, is prosaic, and on the other, is unusually monumental. Still lifespan Sanchez Kotan give the impression of an created artistic hyperbole.