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“Still Life with Oysters”, Luis Melendez - description of the painting

“Still Life with Oysters”, Luis Melendez - description of the painting

Still life with oysters - Luis Melendez. 41 x 62 cm.

Anyone who believed that this outstanding and greatly underestimated contemporaries artist perfectly coped with the image of fruits and vegetables, clearly did not see all of his work. He turned out to be a unique specialist in the transfer of various textures. In this picture, he faced a very difficult task, because in addition to the already familiar wooden, metal and ceramic surfaces, he had to portray matte, porous egg shells, fluid oozing slippery oysters and their shells coarse on the outside and mother-of-pearl, round, tender from the inside.

The exceptional skill of the artist helped him successfully solve all the tasks. In the picture, against the backdrop of a massive table made of old, cracked wood, there are simple everyday objects. This is a rough clay jug standing in the back of the composition, with a wooden spoon sticking out of its neck. The hole in it is covered by a large ceramic shard. The jug is dark, almost dull and barely visible against the background of a wall that is equally dark, devoid of glitter and patterns. However, the master managed to make sure that the dishes did not lose their volume and clearly "read" against the background of the wall.

The largest item is a golden-colored metal brass tub that is slightly sideways because it is placed on an inverted small bowl of plain clay. The product attracts attention with its brilliance and color; large copper rivets are clearly visible against its background.

Another important detail is an old crumpled white ceramic plate with a delicate blue border. It contains pure white eggs, whose surface seems to be simply luminous due to the light incident on them.

The main part of the composition by which it was named is oysters. They are scattered throughout the canvas, their shells shimmer, and the contents look very natural and juicy.

The natural color scheme and masterful transfer of textures makes these paintings very pleasing to the eye - they want to be constantly examined, revealing immediately unnoticed details.


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