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Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio He was a baroque artist from Italy.
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Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh He was a post impressionist artist from Holland.
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Weeping Coconuts by Frida Kahlo She was a modern artist from Mexico.
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The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living by Damien Hurst
He is a contemporary Post Modern artist from England

Facts About Still Life Art-
  • Still life paintings often adorn the interior of ancient Egyptian tombs. It was believed that food objects and other items depicted there would, in the afterlife, become real and available for use by the deceased.
  • Still life became a popular genre in the seventeenth century in Northern Europe. Dutch settlers then brought it to America.
  • Still life elements have often been portrayed because of symbolic value. For instance, a lily in a painting of the Virgin Mary might symbolize purity. A snuffed-out candle in another painting might represent the fleeting nature of life.


Now use your computer and search for answers to these questions and include an example of a piece of art and the artist (1st create a word document-"your name" Problem 2):

Why is a still life a meditation on impermanence? How is a still life a represented differently through out art history? Why does creating a full range of value create spatial perspective? How can a still life be a symbol?