The Farmers' Lunch
|The Farmers' Lunch|
|Medium||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||96 cm × 112 cm (38 in × 44 in)|
|Location||Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest|
The Farmers' Lunch (Almuerzo de campesinos) is one of the earliest paintings by the Spanish artist Diego Velázquez. Painted in oil on canvas in 1618, it combines a still life of food and drink with a depiction of three comic farmers, whose physiognomy the artist studies closely. The composition shows a younger man gesturing with his right hand to reinforce the story coming from his half-open lips, and an older man listening attentively while holding his cup up to a woman so she can refill it with wine. The still life includes fish, bread, a carrot, a lemon, and a copper vessel.
The Farmers' Lunch is nearly identical to another painting by Velázquez, The Lunch (ca. 1617).