Currently showing at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) is a wonderful exhibit of works by Luis Meléndez. Meléndez has been called the greatest still life painter of 18th century Spain. His work has been eclipsed by the more famous Goya for centuries. Meléndez (1715-1780) captured near-photographic images of his still life subjects. Working to gain an appointment by the royal court he was rejected due to politics thus focused on still life instead of portraits. The exhibit is composed of more then 20 paintings that show details of life during this period. You can almost taste the fruit and smell the flowers in his painting. The details are that precise.
Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life is showing at LACMA until January 3, 2010.