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LACMA Presents Luis Meléndez ~ Master of the Spanish Still Life

Luis Meléndez - 'Still Life with Artichokes and Peas in a Landscape', circa 1771-74. Oil on canvas. 24 3/4 X 32 7/8 in. Private Collection.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of
Art (LACMA) presents Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life, the first
U.S. exhibition in twenty-five years of eighteenth-century Spanish painter Luis
Meléndez (1715-1780).
Meléndez is now recognized not only as one of the
greatest Spanish painters of the eighteenth century, but also as one of the most
accomplished still life painters of the time. Drawing works from major American
and European museums as well as private collections, the exhibition will
showcase nearly thirty paintings by Meléndez—many of which have never been
exhibited before. In addition, a selection of eighteenth century Spanish
kitchenware, similar to those used by the artist as studio props, will be
featured. LACMA’s presentation will be the only West Coast showing of
Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life and will be on view on the third
floor of the Ahmanson Building through January 3, 2010.