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Still Life with Melon and Pears

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Meléndez favored arrangements of everyday objects painted with sober yet sensuous realism. He savored shapes, surfaces, and colors—from the webbed rind of the melon to the glint of a wine bottle cooling in a cork bucket—and despite the profusion of objects, his paintings convey a satisfying...

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Lower right, on edge of table: EG L M D. S. P.


R.F. Ratcliff, England [see note 1]. Possibly Mrs. Olga Bode Matthiesen [see note 2]. By 1938, Matthiesen Ltd., London; 1939, sold by Matthiesen to the MFA for $300. (Accession Date: February 9, 1939) NOTES: [1] Eleanor Tufts, "Luis Meléndez: Eighteenth-Century master of the Spanish Still Life with a Catalogue Raisonné (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1985), 92-93, cat. no. 59. [2] According to information provided by the Matthiesen Gallery (December 1, 2005).

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Margaret Curry Wyman Fund

about 1772


63.8 x 85.1 cm (25 1/8 x 33 1/2 in.)

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Oil on canvas