I’ve been frying eggs for most days of my married life! And there’s nothing quite like a fried egg when made to order. Today I’m not exactly presenting you with a Spanish Omelet but rather a paella of Spanish painters, tossed together with joyful memories of their art.
From Flemish to Spanish is not really from the frying pan to the fire but here is a painting that shows eggs being fried! This is the second postcard from my collection.
Diego Velazquez painted An Old Woman Cooking Eggs before he was 20 years old. It is clearly a demonstration piece. Everything is on display. The contents of the scene are laid out around the canvas like decorations on a Christmas tree. Let the eye circulate, checking each thing off: melon, glass flask, wooden spoon, terracotta pot, brass pan, egg, china plate, red garlic, brass mortar, red onion, earthenware jugs, tin dippers, woven straw basket, linen cloth.
From the INDEPENDENT
You can stroll through his other works here.
This particular painting is termed A Masterpiece in Texture and Culinary History.
Learn more about Diego Velázquez (1599 – 1660), such a compassionate, yet unflinching painter
Here is a video about one of his other famous paintings
Velázquez was a painter of the Baroque period – a period in Western European art and music from roughly 1600 to 1750. But, for me, he is mainly a Spanish artist – along with others whose art has given me such a world of joy:
El Greco (1541 – 1614)
I chose this one because it is very powerful. Slightly disturbing too – qualities I associate with Spanish painters.
There seem to be two films about him and here is a trailer from one:
I’m putting Goya (1746 – 1828) next – a painter for whom I do have a special spot. However, I’ve merely chosen the one that remains representative to me of the Spanish Civil War.
Picasso’s Guernica was inspired by the bombing of Guernica, in Spain, April 26, 1937. It was the time of the Spanish Civil War. The bombing killed some 1600 people and destroyed the city. The Spanish Republican government commissioned the mural for the Spanish Pavilion of the Paris International Exposition.
Explore the range of Pablo Picasso’s art.
With both Picasso and Dali, I find it hard to get a good print to share with you! Here is a famous Dali:
A short piece by Andy Warhol explores some of these ‘modern’ artists:
There are many books about these artists and here is one, merely as a sample: