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What difference does it make whether you're looking at a photograph or looking at a still life in front of you? You still have to look.
Chuck Close

Meaning of "still life" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF STILL LIFE

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF STILL LIFE

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Still life is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES STILL LIFE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

still life

Still life

A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural or man-made. With origins in the Middle Ages and Ancient Graeco-Roman art, still-life painting emerged as a distinct genre and professional specialization in Western painting by the late 16th century, and has remained significant since then. Still life gives the artist more freedom in the arrangement of elements within a composition than do paintings of other types of subjects such as landscape or portraiture. Early still-life paintings, particularly before 1700, often contained religious and allegorical symbolism relating to the objects depicted. Some modern still life breaks the two-dimensional barrier and employs three-dimensional mixed media, and uses found objects, photography, computer graphics, as well as video and sound. Still life emerged from the painting of details in larger compositions with subjects, and historically has been often combined with figure subjects, especially in Flemish Baroque painting. The term includes the painting of dead animals, especially game.

Definition of still life in the English dictionary

The definition of still life in the dictionary is a painting or drawing of inanimate objects, such as fruit, flowers, etc. Other definition of still life is the genre of such paintings.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE STILL LIFE

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still frame
still hunt
still photograph
still room
still-hunt
still-life
stillage
stillatory
stillbirth
stillborn
stillhouse
stillicide
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stillion
stillman
stillness
Stillson wrench
stilly

WORDS THAT END LIKE STILL LIFE

a dog´s life
come to life
country life
daily life
family life
for dear life
go for your life
home life
life
love life
marine life
not on your life
quality of life
real life
school life
sex life
shelf life
social life
to the life
tree of life
way of life

Synonyms and antonyms of still life in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «still life» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF STILL LIFE

Find out the translation of still life to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of still life from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «still life» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

静物画
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

naturaleza muerta
570 millions of speakers

English

still life
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

फिर भी जीवन
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

لا تزال الحياة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

натюрморт
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

natureza morta
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

এখনও জীবন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

nature morte
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Masih hidup
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Stillleben
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

静物画
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

정물화
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

isih urip
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

vẫn còn sống
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

இன்னும் வாழ்க்கை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

तरीही जीवन
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Natürmort
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

natura morta
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

życia nadal
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

натюрморт
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

încă de viață
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

νεκρές φύσεις
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

nog lewe
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

stilleben
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

stilleben
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of still life

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «STILL LIFE»

The term «still life» is very widely used and occupies the 17.655 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «STILL LIFE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about still life

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4 QUOTES WITH «STILL LIFE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word still life.
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Helena Christensen
When you are modelling, you are creating a picture, a still life, perhaps something like a silent film. You convey emotion but you are only using your body.
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Helena Christensen
There are particular images that I like. Allegro is composed of a series of still life photographs that has been put to speed. There is so much care that has gone into the composition of the cinematography.
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Chuck Close
What difference does it make whether you're looking at a photograph or looking at a still life in front of you? You still have to look.
4
Chris Farley
I used to think that you could get to a level of success where the laws of the universe didn't apply. But they do. It's still life on life's terms, not on movie-star terms. I still have to work at relationships. I still have to work on my weight and some of my other demons.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «STILL LIFE»

Discover the use of still life in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to still life and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Still Life
The discovery of a dead body in the woods on Thanksgiving Weekend brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his colleagues from the Surete du Quebec to a small village in the Eastern Townships.
Louise Penny, 2011
2
Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel
. She still has her finger firmly planted on the pulse of her generation.”—NPR “Enchanting . . . [The protagonist’s] photographs are celebrated for turning the ‘minutiae of women’s lives into unforgettable images,’ and ...
Anna Quindlen, 2014
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Still Life with Woodpecker
It also deals with the problem of redheads. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Tom Robbins, 2003
4
Still Life with Crows
A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground.
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, 2003
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Looking at the Overlooked: Four Essays on Still Life Painting
In Looking at the Overlooked, Norman Bryson is at his most brilliant to date. These superbly written essays will stimulate us to look at the entire tradition of still life with new and critical eyes.
Norman Bryson, 2013
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Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy
Into this subculture of insanely passionate animal lovers ventures journalist Melissa Milgrom, whose journey stretches from the anachronistic family workshop of the last chief taxidermist for the American Museum of Natural History to the ...
Melissa Milgrom, 2010
7
Still Life
AlexandreFrançois Desportes, the noted stilllife artist, “painter of the royal hunts”, was still entirely in the thrall of the Flemish school, as can be seen from Still Life with a Hare and Fruit and Still Life with Game and Vegetables (both inthe ...
Victoria Charles, 2014
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Still Life
INSIGHTS INTO CHANGES OF MENTALITY AND PHILOSOPHY. HOW DO THE OBJECTS IN A STILL LIFE REFLECT THE CUSTOMS, IDEAS AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE TIME? THIS IS ONE OF THE QUESTIONS WHICH NORBERT SCHNEIDER ASKS IN THIS BOOK.
Norbert Schneider, 2003
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Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors
Carol Armstrong’s study is a fascinating exploration of the brilliant watercolor paintings that brought Cézanne’s career to a complex, and triumphant, conclusion, The book includes new photographic studies of the Getty’s painting ...
Carol Armstrong, 2004
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Still Life With Rice: A Young American Woman Discovers the ...
As told by her granddaughter, the biography of a Korean woman born in 1912 into a socially repressive, male-dominated society, describes her struggles to overcome the pains of war, loss, and discrimination
Helie Lee, 1997

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «STILL LIFE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term still life is used in the context of the following news items.
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Van Gogh's 'Still Life Of Carnations' Not For Sale, Says DIA
One of the biggest issues with the portrait is that it is still considered by some as a forgery. Beal, in April of 2010, put the Van Gogh next to another Van Gogh, ... «The Inquisitr, May 15»
2
Still Life review – Eddie Marsan in a sad search for the bereaved
Still Life review – Eddie Marsan in a sad search for the bereaved ... Carol Morley's great documentary Dreams of a Life (2011), which tried to reconstruct the life ... «The Guardian, Feb 15»
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Eddie Marsan Studies Death in 'Still Life'
Actor Eddie Marsan poses during a photo call for the movie “Still Life,” directed by Uberto Pasolini, during the Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2013. «Newsweek, Feb 15»
4
Wavves' offshoot Spirit Club premieres new song “Still Life
Now, the trio's back with a new song called “Still Life”. Much like “Eye Dozer”, the track's a woolly slice of surf pop boasting enough fuzz on its fringes to leave ... «Consequence of Sound, Jan 15»
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Review: 'Still Life' never quite comes to life
For as long as it manages to resist schmaltz, "Still Life" is a soulful if obvious meditation on lives lived unshared, and one man's dedication to righting those ... «azcentral.com, Jan 15»
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Uberto Pasolini's 'Still Life,' Starring Eddie Marsan
In Uberto Pasolini's “Still Life,” the wonderful British character actor Eddie Marsan, barely moving his features, his watery eyes glistening slightly, infuses a ... «New York Times, Jan 15»
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Van Gogh still life makes big impression on film mogul Wang Zhongjun
The most expensive still life by Vincent van Gogh ever sold at auction has arrived at its new home: Hong Kong. But don't expect to glimpse Still Life, Vase with ... «South China Morning Post, Dec 14»
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Tribeca Film to Release Venice Award Winner 'Still Life'
Tribeca Film, the New York-based distributor loosely affiliated with the Tribeca Film Festival, has picked up North American rights to “Still Life,” the Uberto ... «Variety, Nov 14»
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Van Gogh floral still life sold for $61.8m (£38.7m)
A floral masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh, painted in the closing stages of his life, has sold in New York for $61.8m (£38.7m). Still Life, Vase with Daisies, and ... «BBC News, Nov 14»
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Van Gogh still life formerly at Albright-Knox now up for auction
Sotheby's says “Still Life, Vase With Daisies and Poppies” could sell for $30 million to $50 million Nov. 4. Van Gogh painted it at the home of his physician, Dr. «wivb.com, Sep 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Still life [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/still-life>. Dec 2022 ».
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