Still life

Photography, Untitled #72, Richard Caldicott

Untitled #72

Richard Caldicott

Photography - 127 x 101.6 cm Photography - 50 x 40 inch

$11,617

Photography, Museum Flowers, Giorgi Shengelia

Museum Flowers

Giorgi Shengelia

Photography - 17 x 17 x 0.01 cm Photography - 6.7 x 6.7 x 0 inch

$2,951

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

Photography, Affiche Grise, Paris, Ignacio Barrios

Affiche Grise, Paris

Ignacio Barrios

Photography - 100 x 75 x 3.5 cm Photography - 39.4 x 29.5 x 1.4 inch

$2,043

Photography, Recordings IV, Javier Rey

Recordings IV

Javier Rey

Photography - 80 x 46 x 0.1 cm Photography - 31.5 x 18.1 x 0 inch

$1,300

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

Photography, Aftermath, Fiona Tan

Aftermath

Fiona Tan

Photography - 32.5 x 47.5 x 0.1 cm Photography - 12.8 x 18.7 x 0 inch

$3,405

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

$4,086

Photography, Fleur séchée, Mathieu Trautmann

Fleur séchée

Mathieu Trautmann

Photography - 80 x 60 x 0.5 cm Photography - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

$2,610

Photography, Sphere of Life, #2238, Mixed-Media Collage, Natasha Zupan

Sphere of Life, #2238, Mixed-Media Collage

Natasha Zupan

Photography - 54 x 44 x 2.5 cm Photography - 21.25 x 17.32 x 1 inch

$1,600

Photography, Things aren't always what they seem, On Hansen

Things aren't always what they seem

On Hansen

Photography - 69 x 100 x 0.3 cm Photography - 27.2 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch

$1,500

Photography, Lampe chou Romanesco, Jean Valera

Lampe chou Romanesco

Jean Valera

Photography - 75 x 50 x 0.3 cm Photography - 29.5 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch

$1,362

Photography, De Chlore et de Rosé, Christopher Barraja

De Chlore et de Rosé

Christopher Barraja

Photography - 90 x 60 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 inch

$1,362

Photography, Absence II, Wai Ming Lung

Absence II

Wai Ming Lung

Photography - 75 x 50 x 0.01 cm Photography - 29.5 x 19.7 x 0 inch

$1,702

Photography, Fun sculpture composition, Klyöwa

Fun sculpture composition

Klyöwa

Photography - 70 x 50 x 0.1 cm Photography - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

$878

Photography, Renoncules, Anne-Marie Toporkoff

Renoncules

Anne-Marie Toporkoff

Photography - 34 x 50 x 0.2 cm Photography - 13.4 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch

$1,090

Photography, Give, Edgar Nabla

Give

Edgar Nabla

Photography - 110 x 110 x 0.05 cm Photography - 43.3 x 43.3 x 0 inch

$4,540

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

$2,610

Photography, Broken celebrity #7, Zoltan Gerliczki

Broken celebrity #7

Zoltan Gerliczki

Photography - 64.8 x 80 x 0.3 cm Photography - 25.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch

$2,200

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

$1,180

Photography, Naturaleza Suspendida 1, Santiago Carrera

Naturaleza Suspendida 1

Santiago Carrera

Photography - 80 x 60 x 1 cm Photography - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch

$2,667

Photography, Goliath Beetle Open, Samuel Dejong

Goliath Beetle Open

Samuel Dejong

Photography - 50 x 50 cm Photography - 19.7 x 19.7 inch

$1,419

Photography, HEtresEnCompagnie #08, Corinne Bresson

HEtresEnCompagnie #08

Corinne Bresson

Photography - 50 x 30 x 0.1 cm Photography - 19.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch

$340

Photography, On the Kitchen Table 14, Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova

On the Kitchen Table 14

Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova

Photography - 30 x 45 cm Photography - 11.8 x 17.7 inch

$1,362

Photography, Tom Crown, John Armleder

Tom Crown

John Armleder

Photography - 45 x 60 x 0.2 cm Photography - 17.7 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch

$1,078

Photography, Uvas y manzanas. From "Bodegon" Series, Dora Franco

Uvas y manzanas. From "Bodegon" Series

Dora Franco

Photography - 80 x 64 x 0.3 cm Photography - 31.5 x 25.2 x 0.1 inch

$1,750

Photography, Pharmakon, Juliette Alhmah

Pharmakon

Juliette Alhmah

Photography - 30 x 20 cm Photography - 11.8 x 7.9 inch

$624

Photography, Dialogues of an introvert #6, Sameer Tawde

Dialogues of an introvert #6

Sameer Tawde

Photography - 76.2 x 101.6 cm Photography - 30 x 40 inch

$3,000

Photography, Still Life, Chiara Bettazzi

Still Life

Chiara Bettazzi

Photography - 24 x 36 cm Photography - 9.4 x 14.2 inch

$397

Photography, Le rond de dés, Marcel Mariën

Le rond de dés

Marcel Mariën

Photography - 9 x 13 cm Photography - 3.5 x 5.1 inch

$1,362

Photography, Frond, Ben Cope

Frond

Ben Cope

Photography - 61 x 45.7 x 0.3 cm Photography - 24 x 18 x 0.1 inch

$900

Photography, Pill head study in blue, Megan Mickael

Pill head study in blue

Megan Mickael

Photography - 40.64 x 40.64 x 2.54 cm Photography - 16 x 16 x 1 inch

$1,952

Photography, Popsicle Horror Show, Tommi Anttonen

Popsicle Horror Show

Tommi Anttonen

Photography - 70 x 100 x 1 cm Photography - 27.6 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch

$2,270

Photography, Straight to heaven, Stephanie Powell

Straight to heaven

Stephanie Powell

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.2 cm Photography - 19.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch

$738

Photography, Distancing, Jim Eyre

Distancing

Jim Eyre

Photography - 13 x 42 x 1 cm Photography - 5.1 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch

$1,248

Photography, Untitled (Temple), Jim Kazanjian

Untitled (Temple)

Jim Kazanjian

Photography - 28 x 28 cm Photography - 11 x 11 inch

$965

Photography, Portrait, Serge  Delaune

Portrait

Serge Delaune

Photography - 62 x 52 x 3 cm Photography - 24.4 x 20.5 x 1.2 inch

$1,702

Photography, Le Chant du Cygne, Heros, Andréa Olga Mantovani

Le Chant du Cygne, Heros

Andréa Olga Mantovani

Photography - 50 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 19.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$1,419

Photography, Octopus#3, Jean-Baptiste Sénégas

Octopus#3

Jean-Baptiste Sénégas

Photography - 40 x 30 x 1 cm Photography - 15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch

$1,021

Photography, Blue #3, Thibaut De Rohan-Chabot

Blue #3

Thibaut De Rohan-Chabot

Photography - 60 x 90 x 0.1 cm Photography - 23.6 x 35.4 x 0 inch

$908

Photography, Blue ball, Dmitry Savchenko

Blue ball

Dmitry Savchenko

Photography - 35 x 50 x 1 cm Photography - 13.8 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch

$1,078

Photography, Circumambulate. The Doldrums, from the series "SPAR/CUBA", Paul Meleschnig

Circumambulate. The Doldrums, from the series "SPAR/CUBA"

Paul Meleschnig

Photography - 30.5 x 20.3 x 0.3 cm Photography - 12 x 8 x 0.1 inch

$1,500

Photography, Pueril John, Bruno Mallart

Pueril John

Bruno Mallart

Photography - 79 x 79 cm Photography - 31.1 x 31.1 inch

$4,540

Photography, Racked Desires, Condé Nast

Racked Desires

Condé Nast

Photography - 80 x 61 cm Photography - 31.5 x 24 inch

$2,247

Photography, 1 - La descente de Persephone, Mita Vostok

1 - La descente de Persephone

Mita Vostok

Photography - 60 x 40 x 1 cm Photography - 23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch

$908

Photography, Fenêtre sur le passé, Caroline Lazaro

Fenêtre sur le passé

Caroline Lazaro

Photography - 150 x 126 cm Photography - 59.1 x 49.6 inch

$5,107

Photography, Flower poem: Shower of Venus, Jihun Ju

Flower poem: Shower of Venus

Jihun Ju

Photography - 59.4 x 40 x 0.1 cm Photography - 23.4 x 15.7 x 0 inch

$450

Photography, La Fleur de Daniele, Veronica Mecchia

La Fleur de Daniele

Veronica Mecchia

Photography - 18 x 24 cm Photography - 7.1 x 9.4 inch

$681

Photography, Chanel 5, Anouk Art

Chanel 5

Anouk Art

Photography - 64 x 100 x 1 cm Photography - 25.2 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch

$4,256

Photography, Kaleidospeakly, Emilie Gafner

Kaleidospeakly

Emilie Gafner

Photography - 30 x 35 cm Photography - 11.8 x 13.8 inch

$522

Photography, The war. The city, Yukko Chan

The war. The city

Yukko Chan

Photography - 39 x 31.5 cm Photography - 15.4 x 12.4 inch

$511 $460

Photography, Hackney Picturehouse., Samuel Ryde

Hackney Picturehouse.

Samuel Ryde

Photography - 67 x 47 x 1 cm Photography - 26.4 x 18.5 x 0.4 inch

$473

Photography, In the zone, David Arky

In the zone

David Arky

Photography - 76.2 x 76.2 x 2 cm Photography - 30 x 30 x 0.8 inch

$3,791

Photography, Safe, Scott Soares

Safe

Scott Soares

Photography - 123 x 183 x 0.5 cm Photography - 48.4 x 72 x 0.2 inch

$5,780

Photography, Dried Bouquet, David Mccrae

Dried Bouquet

David Mccrae

Photography - 25.4 x 20.3 x 0.3 cm Photography - 10 x 8 x 0.1 inch

$250

Photography, Still life #1, Holly King

Still life #1

Holly King

Photography - 41.9 x 38.1 cm Photography - 16.5 x 15 inch

$2,837

Photography, Blue Bird, Dina Furrer

Blue Bird

Dina Furrer

Photography - 100 x 120 x 3 cm Photography - 39.4 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch

$4,029

Photography, Holy Crown/No.1 The texture of imagination, Seven YCH

Holy Crown/No.1 The texture of imagination

Seven YCH

Photography - 27 x 36 x 0.5 cm Photography - 10.6 x 14.2 x 0.2 inch

$511

Photography, Sans titre (#08-22), Pawel Zak

Sans titre (#08-22)

Pawel Zak

Photography - 67 x 93 x 0.1 cm Photography - 26.4 x 36.6 x 0 inch

$5,221

Photography, Shoe 1, Olivier Sultan

Shoe 1

Olivier Sultan

Photography - 60 x 40 x 1 cm Photography - 23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch

$454

Photography, Nature-morte aux pinceaux, Pierre Brochet

Nature-morte aux pinceaux

Pierre Brochet

Photography - 30 x 40 cm Photography - 11.8 x 15.7 inch

$511

Photography, Orange Flask, Richard Caldicott

Orange Flask

Richard Caldicott

Photography - 61 x 50.8 cm Photography - 24 x 20 inch

$3,377

Photography, Untitled #61, Richard Caldicott

Untitled #61

Richard Caldicott

Photography - 127 x 101.6 cm Photography - 50 x 40 inch

$15,534

Photography, Combination No.2, Richard Caldicott

Combination No.2

Richard Caldicott

Photography - 127 x 101.6 cm Photography - 50 x 40 inch

$15,534

Photography, Untitled #168, Richard Caldicott

Untitled #168

Richard Caldicott

Photography - 127 x 101.6 cm Photography - 50 x 40 inch

$15,534

Photography, Untitled #59, Richard Caldicott

Untitled #59

Richard Caldicott

Photography - 127 x 101.6 cm Photography - 50 x 40 inch

$11,617

Photography, Untitled #63, Richard Caldicott

Untitled #63

Richard Caldicott

Photography - 127 x 101.6 cm Photography - 50 x 40 inch

$11,617

Photography, Museum Flowers, Giorgi Shengelia

Museum Flowers

Giorgi Shengelia

Photography - 17 x 17 x 0.01 cm Photography - 6.7 x 6.7 x 0 inch

$2,213

Photography, In stillness, in solitude, i count 14, Christa David

In stillness, in solitude, i count 14

Christa David

Photography - 25.4 x 22.86 x 0.1 cm Photography - 10 x 9 x 0 inch

$1,702

Photography, Hotel Chelsea, New York. Top Floor, Victoria Cohen

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Top Floor

Victoria Cohen

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

$3,200

Photography, Jonathan anthology n°50, Larry Clark

Jonathan anthology n°50

Larry Clark

Photography - 13 x 18 x 0.1 cm Photography - 5.1 x 7.1 x 0 inch

$340

Photography, Museum Flowers, Giorgi Shengelia

Museum Flowers

Giorgi Shengelia

Photography - 17 x 17 x 0.01 cm Photography - 6.7 x 6.7 x 0 inch

$3,405

Photography, Hotel Chelsea, New York. Second Floor, North, Victoria Cohen

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Second Floor, North

Victoria Cohen

Photography - 50.8 x 76.2 x 0.3 cm Photography - 20 x 30 x 0.1 inch

$2,300

Photography, Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 1024, Victoria Cohen

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 1024

Victoria Cohen

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

$3,200

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

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 822

Victoria Cohen

Photography - 101.6 x 152.4 x 0.3 cm Photography - 40 x 60 x 0.1 inch

$4,200

Photography, Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 532, Victoria Cohen

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 532

Victoria Cohen

Photography - 50.8 x 76.2 x 0.3 cm Photography - 20 x 30 x 0.1 inch

$2,300

Photography, Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 520, Victoria Cohen

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 520

Victoria Cohen

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

$3,200

Photography, Rencontres Improbables 028 - Dents de scie, Rodolfo Franchi

Rencontres Improbables 028 - Dents de scie

Rodolfo Franchi

Photography - 70 x 100 cm Photography - 27.6 x 39.4 inch

$1,475

Photography, Rencontres Improbables 027 - Raie au milieu, Rodolfo Franchi

Rencontres Improbables 027 - Raie au milieu

Rodolfo Franchi

Photography - 50 x 70 cm Photography - 19.7 x 27.6 inch

$1,021

Photography, Rencontres Improbables 024 - Miroir, mon beau miroir, Rodolfo Franchi

Rencontres Improbables 024 - Miroir, mon beau miroir

Rodolfo Franchi

Photography - 70 x 50 cm Photography - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

$1,021

Photography, Rencontres Improbables 014 -  Pause café, Rodolfo Franchi

Rencontres Improbables 014 - Pause café

Rodolfo Franchi

Photography - 70 x 70 cm Photography - 27.6 x 27.6 inch

$1,248

Photography, Rencontres Improbables 011 -  Fracture, Rodolfo Franchi

Rencontres Improbables 011 - Fracture

Rodolfo Franchi

Photography - 70 x 50 cm Photography - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

$1,021

Photography, Rencontres Improbables 09 -  Expérience musicale, Rodolfo Franchi

Rencontres Improbables 09 - Expérience musicale

Rodolfo Franchi

Photography - 100 x 70 cm Photography - 39.4 x 27.6 inch

$1,475

Photography, A Literatura Vianda. De Francisco. From the Iberia series, Celia Rogge

A Literatura Vianda. De Francisco. From the Iberia series

Celia Rogge

Photography - 121.9 x 182.9 x 0.3 cm Photography - 48 x 72 x 0.1 inch

$9,875

Photography, Musical Chairs. From the Grand Interiors series, Celia Rogge

Musical Chairs. From the Grand Interiors series

Celia Rogge

Photography - 182.9 x 121.9 x 0.3 cm Photography - 72 x 48 x 0.1 inch

$9,875

Photography, Grün Ist Die Hoffnung. From the Schinkel Enfilades - Interiors Series, Celia Rogge

Grün Ist Die Hoffnung. From the Schinkel Enfilades - Interiors Series

Celia Rogge

Photography - 152.4 x 101.6 x 0.3 cm Photography - 60 x 40 x 0.1 inch

$8,250

Photography, All Hail II. From the Grand Interiors series, Celia Rogge

All Hail II. From the Grand Interiors series

Celia Rogge

Photography - 152.4 x 101.6 x 0.3 cm Photography - 60 x 40 x 0.1 inch

$8,250

Photography, Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 617, Victoria Cohen

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 617

Victoria Cohen

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

$3,200

Photography, Hotel Chelsea, New York. Main Stair Well, Victoria Cohen

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Main Stair Well

Victoria Cohen

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

$3,200

Photography, Hotel Chelsea, New York. Fifth Floor, South, Victoria Cohen

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Fifth Floor, South

Victoria Cohen

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

$3,200

Photography, Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 617, Victoria Cohen

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 617

Victoria Cohen

Photography - 50.8 x 76.2 x 0.3 cm Photography - 20 x 30 x 0.1 inch

$2,300

Photography, Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 518, Victoria Cohen

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 518

Victoria Cohen

Photography - 152.4 x 101.6 x 0.3 cm Photography - 60 x 40 x 0.1 inch

$4,200

Photography, Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 607, Victoria Cohen

Hotel Chelsea, New York. Room 607

Victoria Cohen

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

$3,200

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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