still life

plural still lifes

Definition of still life

1 : a picture consisting predominantly of inanimate objects
2 : the category of graphic arts concerned with inanimate subject matter

Examples of still life in a Sentence

an exhibit of still lifes She prefers portraiture to still life.
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to venturing in still life paintings, Windsor also changed his technique for the new series. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 Gentileschi crowns this bold composition with an intimate, candlelit still life on the table beside Judith. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2021 But the pure weirdness of Valadon’s vision, the way a foot seems to summon a carpet to life, or a still life bubbles over into quasi-abstraction, erases any sense of indebtedness to others. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Students will learn still life painting fundamentals during daily demonstrations to help reinforce the technique, individual help and critique of work., 13 Aug. 2021 Inspired by the still life paintings in Ilinčić’s studio, the head-to-toe print was bursting with color and energy. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 26 July 2021 The passionate outdoorsman gave his granddaughter a still life painting of a bunch of flowers. Lanford Beard,, 22 Sep. 2021 Interesting, then, that Brouwer painted himself at the center of this tavern scene, flanked by two of his painter friends — his Antwerp colleague Jan Cossiers and the still life painter Jan de Heem. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 There are several Cubist works by Georges Braque and Picasso, but perhaps the most telling is an unsigned still life with keys by the Spanish artist, thought to be one of just two impressions of the work. Malcolm Gay,, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of still life

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of still life was in 1695

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“Still life.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of still life

: a painting, drawing, etc., of a carefully arranged group of objects (such as flowers and fruit) also : the art or activity of making still lifes


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