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1. History of Still Life
2. What is Still Life? Still life is the study of inanimate objects such as flowers or fruit
3. Vanitas Latin for ‘emptiness’ or ‘worthlessness’
Comprised of objects that stress the shortness of life.
Skulls, candles, flowers, etc.
6. The Low Countries
7. Rachel Ruysch Born: June 3, 1664 Died: August 12, 1750
Female Dutch artist that specialized in still life paintings of flowers.
Background is usually dark.
Noted for detailed and realistic technique.
Father was a botanist.
9. Willem Claesz Heda Born: 1594 Died: 1680
Dutch artist known for exclusively painting still life.
Many works include food rather than plants.
Most of Heda's paintings are on the European continent, notably in the galleries of Paris, Munich and Vienna.
12. Bodegones Spanish painters also showed appreciation for still lifes.
Simply put, they are kitchen still lifes.
13. Francisco de Zurbaran Born: November 7, 1598 Died: August 27, 1664
He is known primarily for his religious paintings of monks, nuns, and martyrs, and for his still-lifes.
15. Luis Melendez Born:1716 Died:1780
Was given little credit during his life, but is recognized today as the greatest Spanish still-life painter of the eighteenth century.
Master of texture, light, volume and composition.
18. Notable French Artists Eugene Delacroix
Vincent van Gogh
25. Pierre-Auguste Renoir Born: 1841 Died: 1919
French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.
27. Paul Cezanne Born:1836 Died:1906
Post-Impressionist work laid foundation of transition from 19th century conception of artist thought of the 20th century.
29. Vincent Van Gogh Born:1853 Died:1890
His paintings are now among the world's best known, most popular and expensive works of art