Sunday Masterpiece: Melendez

Luis Melendez
Still Life with Figs and Bread
oil on canvas

My first reaction to this painting was "too crowded". I've since then spent hours studying it, and I'm frankly blown away by the power and subtlety of his composition. If I ever had to do the desert island thing and pick 5 paintings to take with me to study, this one would probably make the list.