Still life occupies a prominent place amongst the pictorial genres of Western visual art, but is too often seen as an academic exercise in imitation. This ambitious, original exhibition turns this perception upside down with an overview of 400 years of Spanish still lives.
Spanish still lives occupy a unique place within the European context, and have an unmistakeable relationship with Flemish and Italian models, but resolutely unique imagery, developed by Sanchez Cotán and his contemporaries. The genre experienced an unprecedented boom in the late Baroque to suddenly become a real battleground for the arts in the twentieth century. In still life, avant-garde notably finds a unique medium for a new experiment: cubism.
This exhibition brings together the great Spanish masters to illustrate this breath-taking journey, from Velázquez and Goya to Picasso, Dali and Miró.
Can’t get enough of Spanish still lives? Then be sure to pay our neighbours at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium a visit. They have an incredible collection of still lives by the likes of Frans Snijders, his pupil Joannes Fyt and Joachim Beuckelaer, not to mention Ensor, Spilliaert and Magritte. Or why not visit the renovated Snijders&Rockox House in Antwerp, where Frans Snijders was a regular visitor. It’ll give you a perfect flavour of the Baroque year 2018.