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Still life

Fantasy, Sophie Dumont

Fantasy

Sophie Dumont

Painting - 15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

£867

Composition (Nature Morte aux Verres V11), Georges Braque

Composition (Nature Morte aux Verres V11)

Georges Braque

Print - 22 x 14.6 x 0 inch

£14,443

Anniversary Celebration, Ania Pieniazek

Anniversary Celebration

Ania Pieniazek

Painting - 23.6 x 31.5 x 2 inch

£900

Coffee cup on pink tablecloth, Irina Trushkova

Coffee cup on pink tablecloth

Irina Trushkova

Painting - 9.4 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch

£700

Nature morte gourmande n°1, Michel Petiot (Micha)

Nature morte gourmande n°1

Michel Petiot (Micha)

Painting - 57.5 x 44.9 x 0.8 inch

£1,707

Palms of spring, Catherine Clare

Palms of spring

Catherine Clare

Painting - 31.9 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

£1,252

Death and taxes 2, Imbue

Death and taxes 2

Imbue

Sculpture - 5.9 x 5.9 x 8.3 inch

£1,751

Peonies, Marieta Martirosyan

Peonies

Marieta Martirosyan

Painting - 39.4 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch

Sold

Whisky & Shadows, Ruslana Levandovska

Whisky & Shadows

Ruslana Levandovska

Painting - 35.4 x 27.5 x 0.75 inch

£5,816

Red box, Richard Caldicott

Red box

Richard Caldicott

Photography - 24 x 20 inch

£2,500

Inseparable_2, Yulianna Lavriv

Inseparable_2

Yulianna Lavriv

Painting - 15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

£2,188

Versatile, Sabine Louriac

Versatile

Sabine Louriac

Painting - 25.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch

£875

Le liquide noir #338, Yannick Bouillault

Le liquide noir #338

Yannick Bouillault

Sculpture - 17.7 x 9.1 x 8.7 inch

£613

L'atelier bleu, Giuseppe Piermatteo

L'atelier bleu

Giuseppe Piermatteo

Painting - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

£2,626

Evolution, Igor Sventitski

Evolution

Igor Sventitski

Painting - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

£6,477

Chupa Chup, Jeroen Paulussen

Chupa Chup

Jeroen Paulussen

Painting - 23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch

£13,130

The Mysterious Appearance of the Georgia O'Keefe Mug, JJ Manford

The Mysterious Appearance of the Georgia O'Keefe Mug

JJ Manford

Painting - 19.5 x 16 x 0.8 inch

£8,076

Flowers, Natalie Shiporina

Flowers

Natalie Shiporina

Painting - 9.4 x 7.1 x 0.5 inch

£1,751

Ink album (Plums), Zakhar Shevchuk

Ink album (Plums)

Zakhar Shevchuk

Fine Art Drawings - 11 x 7.9 x 0 inch

£263

Cascade d' Asie, Ludivine Corominas

Cascade d' Asie

Ludivine Corominas

Painting - 31.5 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

£2,101

Gioia 212923, Tamara Bellarte

Gioia 212923

Tamara Bellarte

Painting - 19.7 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch

£262

Le printemps, Louis Magre

Le printemps

Louis Magre

Painting - 35 x 45.7 x 1.2 inch

£3,851

Les citrons 10, Laurence Leccia

Les citrons 10

Laurence Leccia

Painting - 31.5 x 25.6 x 1.2 inch

£1,094

Happy Memories Self-Made VIII, Alawaye Tope

Happy Memories Self-Made VIII

Alawaye Tope

Painting - 36 x 36 x 1 inch

£1,607

Still life with bird, clock and books, Ara Gasparyan

Still life with bird, clock and books

Ara Gasparyan

Painting - 17.7 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch

£444

Lampe chou Romanesco, Jean Valera

Lampe chou Romanesco

Jean Valera

Photography - 29.5 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch

£1,050

La fin de repas - Puzzle 500 pièces, Jour Férié

La fin de repas - Puzzle 500 pièces

Jour Férié

Design - 18.9 x 13 x 0 inch

£22

Big Bang 21, Joëlle Kem Lika

Big Bang 21

Joëlle Kem Lika

Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch

£1,401

Gangster Lady. Happy End, Mariana Gumeniuc

Gangster Lady. Happy End

Mariana Gumeniuc

Painting - 39.4 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch

£9,000

Still life, Karine Harutyunyan

Still life

Karine Harutyunyan

Painting - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch

£291

Still life with pomegranates and pitcher, Tamar Nazaryan

Still life with pomegranates and pitcher

Tamar Nazaryan

Painting - 19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch

£606

Old dutch, Peter Keizer

Old dutch

Peter Keizer

Sculpture - 12.2 x 8.3 x 7.1 inch

£1,761

Players, Yosl Bergner

Players

Yosl Bergner

Painting - 19.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch

£3,716

Teatime, Ralf Aubeck

Teatime

Ralf Aubeck

Photography - 19.7 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch

£1,444

Floral composition / Vase, Cristina Stefan

Floral composition / Vase

Cristina Stefan

Painting - 40 x 30 x 1.5 inch

£2,107

Frond, Ben Cope

Frond

Ben Cope

Photography - 24 x 18 x 0.1 inch

£727

The cup, Dionysios Maravegias

The cup

Dionysios Maravegias

Painting - 24 x 18 x 1 inch

£2,464

Monozygote, Quentin Garel

Monozygote

Quentin Garel

Sculpture - 8.1 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch

£438

Flores y frutas, Raul Martinez

Flores y frutas

Raul Martinez

Print - 20.2 x 26.3 inch

£1,171

Petit Arrosoir, Aurélie Trabaud

Petit Arrosoir

Aurélie Trabaud

Fine Art Drawings - 6.5 x 8.3 x 0 inch

£105

Naturaleza Suspendida 1, Santiago Carrera

Naturaleza Suspendida 1

Santiago Carrera

Photography - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch

£1,182

Natura morta (Still life), Gino Severini

Natura morta (Still life)

Gino Severini

Fine Art Drawings - 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.1 inch

£9,191

Friday morning, six o'clock I, Mihaela Ivanova

Friday morning, six o'clock I

Mihaela Ivanova

Photography - 11.8 x 11.8 x 0 inch

£263

Magic of Love, Katharina Husslein

Magic of Love

Katharina Husslein

Painting - 39.4 x 38.6 x 1.2 inch

£2,451

Domenica in controluce, Samoré

Domenica in controluce

Samoré

Fine Art Drawings - 11.4 x 8.3 x 0.2 inch

£569

Flowers & Picture Book, Su Yu

Flowers & Picture Book

Su Yu

Painting - 23.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch

£2,013

Still life - omelet, Narek Qochunc

Still life - omelet

Narek Qochunc

Painting - 7.9 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch

£97

Forget me not, Cindy Rizza

Forget me not

Cindy Rizza

Painting - 12 x 12 x 2 inch

£2,128

Bouquet of dahlias, Annabell Mozer

Bouquet of dahlias

Annabell Mozer

Painting - 19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch

£1,094

Beautiful sunset, Charles Choi

Beautiful sunset

Charles Choi

Painting - 20 x 16 x 2 inch

£855

Higher ground, Thomas Arvid

Higher ground

Thomas Arvid

Print - 13 x 6.5 x 2 inch

£1,252

Vintage Port, Nobu Haihara

Vintage Port

Nobu Haihara

Print - 17 x 10 x 2 inch

£929

Abstract still life (1), Vlas Ayvazyan

Abstract still life (1)

Vlas Ayvazyan

Painting - 9.4 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch

Sold

Monet studio, Damien Elwes

Monet studio

Damien Elwes

Print - 31 x 36 x 2 inch

£1,575

Blue Wisp, Jeff Sippel

Blue Wisp

Jeff Sippel

Painting - 25 x 20 x 0.1 inch

£808

Bubbles and bonbons, Amy Nelder

Bubbles and bonbons

Amy Nelder

Painting - 20 x 20 x 1.5 inch

£5,493

Colorful flowers, Olga Kashshay

Colorful flowers

Olga Kashshay

Painting - 39.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch

£1,838

Colorful abstract flowers, Leon Devenice

Colorful abstract flowers

Leon Devenice

Painting - 40 x 48 x 1 inch

£1,939

Eliza crossing the ice, Dwayne Wolff

Eliza crossing the ice

Dwayne Wolff

Painting - 16 x 20 x 2 inch

£1,212

Graphi still life, Gevorg Martirosyan

Graphi still life

Gevorg Martirosyan

Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch

£6,866

Young flower, Sergii Shaulis

Young flower

Sergii Shaulis

Sculpture - 41 x 24.5 x 13 inch

£9,289

Two guitars, Nissan Engel

Two guitars

Nissan Engel

Painting - 29.5 x 22 x 0.4 inch

£3,064

Shaken not stirred, Jay Russell

Shaken not stirred

Jay Russell

Print - 30 x 24 x 2 inch

£727

Still life with pomegranates and grapes, Sergey Miqayelyan

Still life with pomegranates and grapes

Sergey Miqayelyan

Painting - 11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

£258

Huitre - série coquillage de mer, Alexandra Baudin

Huitre - série coquillage de mer

Alexandra Baudin

Painting - 7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch

£197

Cylindrism 4, Andrea Vandoni

Cylindrism 4

Andrea Vandoni

Painting - 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch

£613

Fragments of peaceful coexistence 02, Yolie Yolanda

Fragments of peaceful coexistence 02

Yolie Yolanda

Painting - 25.6 x 25.6 x 1.2 inch

£1,094

The Blue Cat, Dondi Schwartz

The Blue Cat

Dondi Schwartz

Painting - 19.7 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch

£1,050

Fruits, Marina Dobrovolskaya

Fruits

Marina Dobrovolskaya

Painting - 39.4 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch

£3,064

Still life - plate and apples, Zbigniew Wozniak

Still life - plate and apples

Zbigniew Wozniak

Painting - 15.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch

£350

Japan flowers with water, J.C Heywood

Japan flowers with water

J.C Heywood

Print - 33 x 26 x 2 inch

£969

Vase and two flowers, Helen Zarin

Vase and two flowers

Helen Zarin

Painting - 40 x 34 x 2 inch

£2,423

Jazz up with Vermeer, Berge Missakian

Jazz up with Vermeer

Berge Missakian

Print - 18 x 24 x 2 inch

£1,535

Scatter, Holly King

Scatter

Holly King

Photography - 34 x 32 inch

£4,377

Lágrima de Nube, James Bonachea

Lágrima de Nube

James Bonachea

Fine Art Drawings - 39.3 x 27.5 x 0.1 inch

£2,423

Modern still life, Anahit Mirijanyan

Modern still life

Anahit Mirijanyan

Painting - 23.6 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

£283

Still life with green bottle, Bennett Vadnais

Still life with green bottle

Bennett Vadnais

Painting - 15 x 10 x 2 inch

£3,435

Heavy Waves of Gentle Love, Juli Manara

Heavy Waves of Gentle Love

Juli Manara

Print - 47.2 x 39.4 x 0 inch

£1,094

Le 21 aout, Yvan Philmer

Le 21 aout

Yvan Philmer

Painting - 18.5 x 15.4 x 1.2 inch

£656

Un radis, Meteo Meteo

Un radis

Meteo Meteo

Fine Art Drawings - 11.7 x 8.3 x 0 inch

£57

Red poppies, Kamo Atoyan

Red poppies

Kamo Atoyan

Painting - 27.6 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

£848

Still life - plums, Stepan Ohanyan

Still life - plums

Stepan Ohanyan

Painting - 9.4 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch

£145

Still life - apricots, Gevorg Sinanyan

Still life - apricots

Gevorg Sinanyan

Painting - 16.1 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch

£363

Bouquet et pot en cuivre, Aurèle Barraud

Bouquet et pot en cuivre

Aurèle Barraud

Painting - 21.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch

£1,018

Eau #1, Laure Julien

Eau #1

Laure Julien

Photography - 11.8 x 7.9 inch

£228

Le violoniste, Valentin Blinov

Le violoniste

Valentin Blinov

Painting - 17.5 x 21.3 x 0.4 inch

£1,129

Lady Fingers, Denise Cummings

Lady Fingers

Denise Cummings

Painting - 16.1 x 13 x 0.4 inch

£2,363

Still life, Gastone Breddo

Still life

Gastone Breddo

Painting - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch

£875

Fleurs, mouche et allumettes, Mathieu Trautmann

Fleurs, mouche et allumettes

Mathieu Trautmann

Photography - 42.5 x 35.8 inch

£2,757

Still life

Although at its heart a classic subject, the still life was the preferred approach of Cézanne, the artist who paved the way for art to enter its most modern phase. From Cubism to Hyperrealism via Pop art, sculpture, and photography, almost all art forms have been at some point shown that it is still possible to breathe new life into this age old theme.


Be it completely de-structured, funny, classic, or minimalist, the contemporary still life is far from old fashioned, despite the fact that it boasts a long, celebrated history.


Let's take a closer look at this theme that recurs so often across art history… even in antiquity, Pliny had already written about a painter called Piraikos, known for his paintings of 'provisions for cooking', and the optical illusions of Zeuxis, from which it was said that birds would try to pick off the raisins because they looked so real. The conventional still life as we know it today, however, dates back to the 17th century, where it developed in Holland under strict aesthetic codes.


Generally, oils on canvas were the preferred method for representing inanimate objects of varying types (lots of fruit, fish, game…) and flowers. The colours were muted, the background a monochromic black, the atmosphere heavy, and the light at a steep diagonal angle. There were few elements but they were precisely arranged and loaded with religious symbolism.


Even though still life was never considered a genre in its own right, almost all of the great masters have tried their hand at it at some point or other. Across the 19th century, all the art movements went through a still life phase: romanticism, impressionism, symbolism… and under the brushes of Degas, Cézanne, Monet, etc., still life evolved.


Little by little, artists added colours, erased the biblical references and replaced them with everyday objects in ever greater numbers: cooking utensils, cups of coffee, gas lamps, musical instruments…


In the 20th century, modern art once more dusted off this 'boring' subject, and began to play with its strict codes. From cubism to pop art to surrealism, all of the artistic movements made their mark on still life. Bit by bit, they took it to pieces and rebuilt it, moving ever closer to the contemporary still life, which has little to do with the original genre except for its central theme.


After his separation from Olga Khokhlova in 1936, Pablo Picasso painted 'Still Life Under a Lamp' whose plastic elements suggested themes that would later be developed in his famous 'Guernica' the following year. Pale lamplight dominates the triangular composition in the centre of the canvas and the arms of the antique sculpture appear to be on the verge of falling off the table. Although the piece altogether seems to move away from the classic still life, it maintains the traditional heavy atmosphere.  


In 1956 the Catalan surrealist painter Salvador Dali painted 'Living Still Life' in his typical humorous style. The canvas – divided in two to represent night and day – shows a table on a balcony. The elements (wine, water, a pear, a knife…) are in motion, or rather levitating, as though someone has just struck the tabletop.


Artsper invites you to explore a range of contemporary still life pieces that are both traditional and surprising in our unique selection. Discover the work of Syvie Andlauer Baruch, Gonzalo Sicre, Zbigniew Wozniak, and many more… 

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