This opulent early 17th-century work painted in Andalusia recalls the originality of Spanish still lifes.
Spanish school, c. 1640, followers of Blas de Ledesma, Dishes and fruit baskets with peppers on an entablature, original canvas and stretcher, 114 x 151 cm/44.88 x 59.44 in.
While little is known about Blas de Ledesma, it is certain that between 1602 and 1614 the artist worked in Granada, where he painted a fresco in the Alhambra and the cathedral. This painting dating from around 1640, Dishes and Fruit Baskets with Peppers on an Entablature, is attributed to his followers and features his usual artistic language where the elements are very simply arranged without ostentatious graphic effects. It is characteristic of the Hispanic school, which sought to highlight the intrinsic beauty of objects. Our still life fetched €38,580. Another Spanish painting from the first half of the 17th century is attributed to Pedro Orrente (1580-1645), famous especially for his religious paintings. The Adoration of the Shepherds (138 x 205 cm/54.33 x 80.70 in) sold for €18,645. It is comparable to an artwork in a private collection in madrid.