Still life art is about finding life. Finding life where there is at first glance none to be found. By capturing a seemingly still scene just right, life is given and a story told.
Still Life as a style of art, was once considered quite lowly and unremarkable, alongside landscape, because it did not include a human or living subject matter. However, that was way back in the seventeenth century and it was the French Academy who had denounced this style of art. Since then, still life has evolved (particularly with the invention of the camera) and is now a reputable and recognised style of art.
So, what does still life actually depict? Well, it could be anything from man-made objects such as furniture, personal positions, farm equipment or a bottle of water, to natural and organic objects such as cut flowers presented in a vase, bowls of fruit & vegetables or plates of food displayed on an ornate dining table.
One of the main attractions for artists to practice still life is that they have the freedom to arrange the object artistically with props and experiment with lighting and framing.
Since the invention of the camera, still life has become increasingly prominent in the photography world. In fact, still life photography has become a major style of photography, particularly in more recent years.
WHO ARE SOME FAMOUS STILL LIFE ARTISTS?
There are many painters and photographers who specialise in still life. Vincent Van Gogh enjoyed painting flowers in vases, in fact, one of his most famous paintings was ‘Sunflowers’.
Pablo Picasso, the co-founder of the Cubist movement, would produce many still life paintings. Even before his Cubist era, Picasso would create still life paintings but it was when he founded the new art movement that he really began creating spectacular still life paintings. Including, ‘Still Life with Glass and Lemon’, ‘Still Life with Newspaper’ and, of course, ‘Still Life’.
Claude Monet is also a fan of Still Life. He had produced several paintings of fruit, tables of food and vases of flowers in his time, not to mention a still life painting of a joint of meat.
Here at UP & COMING ART, we have a variety of still life art available for everybody’s taste and preference.
Ugne Powell’s ‘Tea Break’ is a wonderful example of the still life photography work we have in our collection. It’s elaborate and unique - a fusion of still life and documentary photography. The photograph depicts the salon where silk weavers in Iran would have their tea break.
If you are interested in an abstract still life painting, Vera Jochum’s ‘And I’m Talking to Myself at Night…, Nº 131220’ would be perfect for you. The painting depicts a glass of wine but what’s particularly unique about this painting is that the compositions and choice of colours allows the viewer to feel the warmth of the environment. If you are looking for a piece of art that can inject comfort and familiarity into your home, this would be the piece for you.
Why not browse through the UP AND COMING ART gallery and enjoy our collection of Still Life art.
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