Bodegón con Jarra de Agua, Guineos y Pajuiles (1870) by Francisco Oller y CesteroInstituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña
Throughout Oller's work, three distinctive genres stand-out: the still-life , portraits and landscapes. In this representation, the artist combines elements of the Spanish tradition of an austere still life with a color palette intentionally chosen to showcase the “exotic” fruits native to the region.
The Banana was introduced by Spanish conquerors through the Transatlantic Slave Trade as the fruit was a part of the diet of the enslaved Africans brought over to Puerto Rico and other parts of the New World.
The Pajuil, known in English as the Cashew, is a tropical evergreen tree native to Central America and the Caribbean region.
It produces the cashew seed and cashew apple.
The Portuguese merchants began exporting the cashew nut from the New World as early as the 1550’s.