This show presents the entire oeuvre of the Spanish painter Juan Fernández, known as “El Labrador”, who worked in the first half of the 17th century and was a key name in the early development of the still life in Spain. El Labrador’s fame as a painter of such works, which were greatly in demand from collectors, extended beyond Spain and paintings by his hand were to be found in the English royal collection.
The five works by the artist in the Prado’s collection – a floral still life acquired from a private collector in 1946, which may have been in the royal collections in the seventeenth century, plus four paintings that entered the Museum with the Naseiro collection in 2006 – are on view alongside the rest of the artist’s known oeuvre. These additional works are primarily loaned from private international collections and will assist in promoting greater knowledge of the remarkable work of this exquisite, enigmatic painter.
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