Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life

Ahmanson Building, Level 3
September 27, 2009–February 3, 2010
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Luis Meléndez (1716–1780) was the greatest still life painter of eighteenth-century Spain and ranks as one of the greatest painters of the genre in all Europe. Overshadowed for centuries by the great Goya, Meléndez’s paintings have received attention by scholars and appreciation by collectors only in the last few decades. The exhibition includes more than twenty paintings, grouped with relevant works from abroad. Curator at LACMA: J. Patrice Marandel, European Painting.

This exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image: Luis Meléndez, Still Life with Artichokes and Tomatoes in a Landscape, circa 1771–74, oil on canvas, 24 1/2 x 32 1/2 in., Mrs. Lila Shickman, image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.