Category Archives: Still life

Still life – 19th century to the present day

Influence of Romanticism As society developed in the 19th century ideas in art were more readily disseminated. Museums and new printing techniques meant that artists had greater access to ideas from other periods and cultures. As a result of the … Continue reading

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Still life in 18th century Europe

At the beginning of the 18th century the European art world was still dominated by the academic system. The academic tradition focused on subjects that embodied noble themes through depiction of historical scenes, battles and heroic action. The dominant art … Continue reading

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17th century Dutch still life

Origins of still life painting The earliest surviving still lifes in European art are Greek and Roman wall paintings with the majority of examples from in and around Pompeii and Herculaneum. These were not still life paintings as we would … Continue reading

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