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.
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.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «STILL-LIFE» OVER TIME
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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «STILL-LIFE»
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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
StillLife 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
StillLife with Woodpecker
It also deals with the problem of redheads. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Tom Robbins, 2003
StillLife with Crows
A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground.
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, 2003
Looking at the Overlooked: Four Essays on StillLife 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
StillLife: 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
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
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
Cézanne in the Studio: StillLife 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
StillLife 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
2 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «STILL-LIFE»
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Still-Life with Turkey
Poems July 27, 2015 Issue. Still-Life with Turkey. By Diane Seuss · Share · Tweet · 07_27_15 Table of Contents. The turkey's strung up by one pronged foot, the ... «The New Yorker, Jul 15»
Fruit bowls at the ready! Share your still-life artworks now
A take on still-life photography ... our photographer David Levene's picture of ... As our critic Jonathan Jones wrote: “The still life is democratic; anyone can do it. «The Guardian, Jul 15»
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