Still life

Painting, Live by Love, Katharina Husslein

Live by Love

Katharina Husslein

Painting - 100 x 100 x 3 cm Painting - 39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch

$3,132

Painting, Venus, Françoise Danel

Venus

Françoise Danel

Painting - 120 x 50 x 2 cm Painting - 47.2 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch

$1,678

Painting, Fleurs ressuscitées, Julien Cuny

Fleurs ressuscitées

Julien Cuny

Painting - 188 x 95 x 2.5 cm Painting - 74 x 37.4 x 1 inch

$3,467

Fine Art Drawings, Nappe rouge, Jacques Despierre

Nappe rouge

Jacques Despierre

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 33 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 19.7 x 13 x 0 inch

$1,118

Painting, Pavot du soir espoir, Angelo Pioppo

Pavot du soir espoir

Angelo Pioppo

Painting - 46 x 33.5 x 2 cm Painting - 18.1 x 13.2 x 0.8 inch

$1,219

Painting, Chrysanthemum Splendor, Kamo Atoyan

Chrysanthemum Splendor

Kamo Atoyan

Painting - 80 x 100 x 2 cm Painting - 31.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

$1,100

Painting, Still life with tea cups and coffee mugs, Schagen Vita

Still life with tea cups and coffee mugs

Schagen Vita

Painting - 50 x 40 x 2 cm Painting - 19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

$951

Sculpture, A ship, Petya Deneva

A ship

Petya Deneva

Sculpture - 30.5 x 12.5 x 40.5 cm Sculpture - 12 x 4.9 x 15.9 inch

$1,722

Sculpture, Emballages, Angélique

Emballages

Angélique

Sculpture - 45 x 32 x 32 cm Sculpture - 17.7 x 12.6 x 12.6 inch

$4,474

Painting, Coffee and Biscuits, Ania Pieniazek

Coffee and Biscuits

Ania Pieniazek

Painting - 50 x 40 x 3 cm Painting - 19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch

$728

Fine Art Drawings, Violin 4, Arman

Violin 4

Arman

Fine Art Drawings - 25.4 x 20.3 x 1.3 cm Fine Art Drawings - 10 x 8 x 0.5 inch

$1,500

Painting, Urban Jungle, Dasha Pogodina

Urban Jungle

Dasha Pogodina

Painting - 100 x 90 x 2.5 cm Painting - 39.4 x 35.4 x 1 inch

$1,007

Painting, Composition with Still life, Tamar Nazaryan

Composition with Still life

Tamar Nazaryan

Painting - 50 x 40 x 2 cm Painting - 19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

$600

Painting, Sketch of Seeds, Adéle du Plessis

Sketch of Seeds

Adéle du Plessis

Painting - 60 x 50 x 2 cm Painting - 23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch

$1,398

Painting, Stopped time I, Nora Ampova

Stopped time I

Nora Ampova

Painting - 10 x 10 x 0.3 cm Painting - 3.9 x 3.9 x 0.1 inch

$246 $221

Painting, The Scent of Tulips, Lilith Tonakanyan

The Scent of Tulips

Lilith Tonakanyan

Painting - 60 x 70 x 2 cm Painting - 23.6 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch

$1,200

Painting, Wet'n Wild, Jacinthe Rivard

Wet'n Wild

Jacinthe Rivard

Painting - 77 x 77 x 4 cm Painting - 30.3 x 30.3 x 1.6 inch

$2,645

Fine Art Drawings, Chat gourmand, Francine Van Hove

Chat gourmand

Francine Van Hove

Fine Art Drawings - 44 x 85.5 x 1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 17.3 x 33.7 x 0.4 inch

$8,612

Painting, Cage / Sans titre, Meteo Meteo

Cage / Sans titre

Meteo Meteo

Painting - 29.7 x 21 x 0.2 cm Painting - 11.7 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch

$129

Painting, Blossoming Symphony, Anush Emiryan

Blossoming Symphony

Anush Emiryan

Painting - 70 x 30 x 2 cm Painting - 27.6 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch

$300

Painting, Red Composition, Kajazun (Kajo) Avetisyan

Red Composition

Kajazun (Kajo) Avetisyan

Painting - 12 x 12 cm Painting - 4.7 x 4.7 inch

$145

Painting, Salpiglossis, Valeri Tsvetkov

Salpiglossis

Valeri Tsvetkov

Painting - 50 x 50 x 2 cm Painting - 19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch

$1,622

Print, Sappy hour, Low Bros

Sappy hour

Low Bros

Print - 70 x 50 x 0.01 cm Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

$224

Sculpture, Image drawing on glass in blue, Jenny Owens

Image drawing on glass in blue

Jenny Owens

Sculpture - 27 x 27.5 x 2 cm Sculpture - 10.6 x 10.8 x 0.8 inch

$1,063

Painting, Nostalgic Horse Toys, Abgar Khachatryan

Nostalgic Horse Toys

Abgar Khachatryan

Painting - 70 x 60 x 2 cm Painting - 27.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

$750

Painting, Kaleidoscope Bouquet, Aram Sevoyan

Kaleidoscope Bouquet

Aram Sevoyan

Painting - 40 x 40 x 2 cm Painting - 15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

$600

Fine Art Drawings, (im)Mondo, Rossella Mercedes

(im)Mondo

Rossella Mercedes

Fine Art Drawings - 27.6 x 22 x 0.2 cm Fine Art Drawings - 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.1 inch

$201

Photography, Still life #16, Maroc, FLORE Photographer

Still life #16, Maroc

FLORE Photographer

Photography - 11 x 9 cm Photography - 4.3 x 3.5 inch

$2,572

Painting, Sweet Memories, Elena Mardashova

Sweet Memories

Elena Mardashova

Painting - 60 x 50 x 2 cm Painting - 23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch

$850

Painting, Cerámica, Francesc Casademont

Cerámica

Francesc Casademont

Painting - 65 x 54 x 3 cm Painting - 25.6 x 21.3 x 1.2 inch

$1,678

Painting, Flowers in an antique vase, Natalie Shiporina

Flowers in an antique vase

Natalie Shiporina

Painting - 5 x 5 x 2 cm Painting - 2 x 2 x 0.8 inch

$1,454

Painting, Still Life with Ribbons, Gianni Cacciarini

Still Life with Ribbons

Gianni Cacciarini

Painting - 40 x 60 x 0.5 cm Painting - 15.7 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$1,678

Painting, Introspection 6, Benedicte Caillat

Introspection 6

Benedicte Caillat

Painting - 34 x 25 x 1.5 cm Painting - 13.4 x 9.8 x 0.6 inch

$1,342

Painting, Sun and Flowers, Diane Bellier

Sun and Flowers

Diane Bellier

Painting - 120 x 100 x 2 cm Painting - 47.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

$3,355

Painting, White and purple lilacs bouquet, Karine Harutyunyan

White and purple lilacs bouquet

Karine Harutyunyan

Painting - 80 x 60 x 2 cm Painting - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

$600

Painting, Epis de maïs, Piero Poraccia

Epis de maïs

Piero Poraccia

Painting - 50 x 69 x 2 cm Painting - 19.7 x 27.2 x 0.8 inch

$1,442

Fine Art Drawings, Table with Fish, Black Background, Pablo Picasso

Table with Fish, Black Background

Pablo Picasso

Fine Art Drawings - 55 x 70 x 1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 21.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch

$156,584

Painting, Cuivre et fruits, A. Bally

Cuivre et fruits

A. Bally

Painting - 44.5 x 59 x 0.5 cm Painting - 17.5 x 23.2 x 0.2 inch

$1,172

Painting, Capucines, Maurice Asselin

Capucines

Maurice Asselin

Painting - 41 x 33 x 2 cm Painting - 16.1 x 13 x 0.8 inch

$1,489

Print, Bouquet vase bleu, Claude Gaveau

Bouquet vase bleu

Claude Gaveau

Print - 55 x 73 x 0.3 cm Print - 21.7 x 28.7 x 0.1 inch

$425

Fine Art Drawings, Couleur Majorelle III, Agnès Tiollier

Couleur Majorelle III

Agnès Tiollier

Fine Art Drawings - 69 x 49 x 0.15 cm Fine Art Drawings - 27.2 x 19.3 x 0.1 inch

$1,007

Painting, Les bogues 8, Cehel

Les bogues 8

Cehel

Painting - 22 x 16 x 2 cm Painting - 8.7 x 6.3 x 0.8 inch

$352

Painting, Chiaruscoro of still life, Lisbeth Buonanno

Chiaruscoro of still life

Lisbeth Buonanno

Painting - 40 x 50 x 1.8 cm Painting - 15.7 x 19.7 x 0.7 inch

$1,342

Painting, Abstract flowers n°3 - Italian painting & frame, Paolo Massimo Abrans

Abstract flowers n°3 - Italian painting & frame

Paolo Massimo Abrans

Painting - 36 x 30 x 1 cm Painting - 14.2 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch

$363

Painting, Oursin 1, Jean-Louis Audibert

Oursin 1

Jean-Louis Audibert

Painting - 50 x 73 x 1 cm Painting - 19.7 x 28.7 x 0.4 inch

$1,342

Photography, Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 822, Victoria Cohen

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 822

Victoria Cohen

Photography - 67.6 x 101.6 x 0.3 cm Photography - 26.6 x 40 x 0.1 inch

$3,200

Painting, Tranquil Composition, Arman Hayrapetyan

Tranquil Composition

Arman Hayrapetyan

Painting - 90 x 60 x 2 cm Painting - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

$2,400

Sculpture, Vanité aux papillons, Philippe Pasqua

Vanité aux papillons

Philippe Pasqua

Sculpture - 22 x 48 x 48 cm Sculpture - 8.7 x 18.9 x 18.9 inch

$15,658

Painting, Etude, Galya Popova

Etude

Galya Popova

Painting - 30 x 30 x 2 cm Painting - 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch

$615

Photography, II (Columnea), Zornitsa Gramkova

II (Columnea)

Zornitsa Gramkova

Photography - 120 x 90 x 0.1 cm Photography - 47.2 x 35.4 x 0 inch

$1,163

Painting, The Still Life Of The Sun, Delyafruz Bagirova

The Still Life Of The Sun

Delyafruz Bagirova

Painting - 100 x 55 x 2 cm Painting - 39.4 x 21.7 x 0.8 inch

$1,901

Fine Art Drawings, Still Life with Bottle, Knife and Fish, Emil Filla

Still Life with Bottle, Knife and Fish

Emil Filla

Fine Art Drawings - 49 x 37 x 1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 19.3 x 14.6 x 0.4 inch

$778,225

Fine Art Drawings, Bouquet de fleurs, Albert Marquet

Bouquet de fleurs

Albert Marquet

Fine Art Drawings - 16 x 10.7 x 1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 6.3 x 4.2 x 0.4 inch

$2,796

Painting, The evening light., Giulnara Khabibulina

The evening light.

Giulnara Khabibulina

Painting - 60 x 70 x 2 cm Painting - 23.6 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch

$5,033

Sculpture, Petite Ville Sainte, Emmanuelle Van Laere NEL-14512

Petite Ville Sainte

Emmanuelle Van Laere NEL-14512

Sculpture - 20 x 10 x 10 cm Sculpture - 7.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch

$3,579

Painting, Cyclamens, Irina Trushkova

Cyclamens

Irina Trushkova

Painting - 30 x 30 x 2 cm Painting - 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch

$1,118

Painting, Miami Beach, Mea Ambrozo

Miami Beach

Mea Ambrozo

Painting - 25 x 25 x 1 cm Painting - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch

$671

Painting, The Playground, Teona Yamanidze

The Playground

Teona Yamanidze

Painting - 130 x 130 x 4 cm Painting - 51.2 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch

$7,829

Painting, Untitled (Skull), Miguel Branco

Untitled (Skull)

Miguel Branco

Painting - 8 x 5.3 x 2 cm Painting - 3.1 x 2.1 x 0.8 inch

$1,901

Painting, Zebra Chair, Matt Lively

Zebra Chair

Matt Lively

Painting - 18.4 x 18.4 x 5.1 cm Painting - 7.25 x 7.25 x 2 inch

$1,750

Painting, Summer bouquet, Volodymyr Kolesnyk

Summer bouquet

Volodymyr Kolesnyk

Painting - 38 x 38 x 2 cm Painting - 15 x 15 x 0.8 inch

$1,230

Painting, Still life with cherries, Simona Tsvetkova

Still life with cherries

Simona Tsvetkova

Painting - 50 x 60 x 2 cm Painting - 19.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

$984

Photography, Lustgarten 06, Luzia Simons

Lustgarten 06

Luzia Simons

Photography - 45 x 32 x 4 cm Photography - 17.7 x 12.6 x 1.6 inch

$4,026

Painting, Blue Silence, Christine Connelly

Blue Silence

Christine Connelly

Painting - 100 x 100 x 4 cm Painting - 39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch

$4,194

Painting, Red Wagon, New Things Series., Alexander Lufer

Red Wagon, New Things Series.

Alexander Lufer

Painting - 120 x 120 x 2 cm Painting - 47.2 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch

$3,188

Painting, Pot de pigment, Stéphane Braud

Pot de pigment

Stéphane Braud

Painting - 35 x 35 x 4 cm Painting - 13.8 x 13.8 x 1.6 inch

$1,678

Fine Art Drawings, Marguerite en vase, Gaelle Beyaert

Marguerite en vase

Gaelle Beyaert

Fine Art Drawings - 31 x 22 x 2 cm Fine Art Drawings - 12.2 x 8.7 x 0.8 inch

$324

Painting, Les poires sauvages, Gérard Willemenot

Les poires sauvages

Gérard Willemenot

Painting - 16 x 16 x 1 cm Painting - 6.3 x 6.3 x 0.4 inch

$2,013

Painting, Flowers, Michael Milkin

Flowers

Michael Milkin

Painting - 61 x 61 x 2.5 cm Painting - 24 x 24 x 1 inch

$7,800

Painting, Series ‘Morning Flowers’, Ramaz Chantladze

Series ‘Morning Flowers’

Ramaz Chantladze

Painting - 90 x 60 x 2 cm Painting - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

$2,237

Fine Art Drawings, La Nappe Froissée, Georges Rohner

La Nappe Froissée

Georges Rohner

Fine Art Drawings - 55 x 36 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 21.7 x 14.2 x 0 inch

$3,915

Painting, Still life with Armenian instrument, Anahit Mirijanyan

Still life with Armenian instrument

Anahit Mirijanyan

Painting - 42 x 36 x 2 cm Painting - 16.5 x 14.2 x 0.8 inch

$350

Painting, Untitled, Federico Delgado Montiel

Untitled

Federico Delgado Montiel

Painting - 81 x 100 cm Painting - 31.9 x 39.4 inch

$8,388

Painting, Bisous, marguerites, supercheris, Marion Charlet

Bisous, marguerites, supercheris

Marion Charlet

Painting - 162 x 130 x 4 cm Painting - 63.8 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch

$11,744

Print, Bouquet de fleurs rouges, Maurice Vlaminck

Bouquet de fleurs rouges

Maurice Vlaminck

Print - 38 x 28 x 1 cm Print - 15 x 11 x 0.4 inch

$1,063

Painting, Autumn's Bounty, Kamo Ohanyan

Autumn's Bounty

Kamo Ohanyan

Painting - 40 x 50 x 2 cm Painting - 15.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch

$600

Painting, La clef de mon atelier, Farid Saâdi

La clef de mon atelier

Farid Saâdi

Painting - 41 x 33 x 2 cm Painting - 16.1 x 13 x 0.8 inch

$783

Painting, Tulips, Mark Nimoda

Tulips

Mark Nimoda

Painting - 55 x 46 x 2 cm Painting - 21.7 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch

$1,342

Painting, Notturno con pistola, Sergio Ceccotti

Notturno con pistola

Sergio Ceccotti

Painting - 50 x 35 cm Painting - 19.7 x 13.8 inch

$3,132

Fine Art Drawings, Image drawing: Star constellation lightbox, Jenny Owens

Image drawing: Star constellation lightbox

Jenny Owens

Fine Art Drawings - 21 x 29.7 x 2 cm Fine Art Drawings - 8.3 x 11.7 x 0.8 inch

$503

Painting, Garlic, Adda Donato

Garlic

Adda Donato

Painting - 100 x 110 cm Painting - 39.4 x 43.3 inch

$1,007

Painting, Cerises jaunes, Georges Rohner

Cerises jaunes

Georges Rohner

Painting - 52 x 63 x 3 cm Painting - 20.5 x 24.8 x 1.2 inch

$6,487

Photography, Wish You Were Here, Jeffrey Czum

Wish You Were Here

Jeffrey Czum

Photography - 61 x 76.2 cm Photography - 24 x 30 inch

$2,200

Painting, Manhattans in Red, Amy Nelder

Manhattans in Red

Amy Nelder

Painting - 91.4 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm Painting - 36 x 36 x 1.5 inch

$13,500

Painting, Bouquet et livres, Benjamin II Vautier

Bouquet et livres

Benjamin II Vautier

Painting - 46 x 38 x 2 cm Painting - 18.1 x 15 x 0.8 inch

$1,172

Painting, Duo, Alain Géneau

Duo

Alain Géneau

Painting - 27 x 35 x 2 cm Painting - 10.6 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch

$4,138

Painting, Fleurs n°2, Georges Darel

Fleurs n°2

Georges Darel

Painting - 45.7 x 33 x 0.5 cm Painting - 18 x 13 x 0.2 inch

$1,161

Painting, Espresso Elegance, Gevorg Martirosyan

Espresso Elegance

Gevorg Martirosyan

Painting - 25 x 25 x 2 cm Painting - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.8 inch

$600

Painting, Souvenirs, Daniel Riberzani

Souvenirs

Daniel Riberzani

Painting - 24 x 33 x 3 cm Painting - 9.4 x 13 x 1.2 inch

$447 $403

Fine Art Drawings, Deux femme dansantes en intérieur, José Caballero

Deux femme dansantes en intérieur

José Caballero

Fine Art Drawings - 33.5 x 47.5 x 0.3 cm Fine Art Drawings - 13.2 x 18.7 x 0.1 inch

$3,142

Painting, Vaso con limoni, Enzo Coppola

Vaso con limoni

Enzo Coppola

Painting - 40 x 30 x 2 cm Painting - 15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch

$196

Painting, La cafetière bleue, Magali Palatan

La cafetière bleue

Magali Palatan

Painting - 38 x 46 x 2.5 cm Painting - 15 x 18.1 x 1 inch

$660

Print, Nature Morte, Fruits et Couleurs (2), Brooke Range

Nature Morte, Fruits et Couleurs (2)

Brooke Range

Print - 100 x 100 x 5 cm Print - 39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch

$895

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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