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.

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The juried traveling exhibition of landscapes, portraiture, still life and abstract imagery features top artworks selected from thousands of entries across the world. Linda Mcintosh,, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award news," 14 July 2018 The two exhibitions were developed separately — De Jong’s sculptural figures dwell on the grotesque while Redwood’s paintings take on portraiture, landscape and still life — but work in tandem. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Videos of the female figure, an autobiographical exhibit and paintings of immigrant terrains," 17 May 2018 So Keynes bought a Cézanne for himself—a superb still life of seven apples—for about £370. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "When Keynes Played Art Buyer," 30 Mar. 2018 Conversely, Thomas Whitworth’s diptychs — a still life next to old nude photos purchased on eBay — are about distance rather than connection. Mark Feeney,, "The PRC arrives in Porter Square," 12 July 2018 During this era, female artists were encouraged to pursue portrait or still life, which could be created in the home, rather than landscapes or plein air, which would require them to go outside. Susan Dunne,, "'Two Lives, One Passion' At Springfield Museums," 7 July 2018 In 1872, Manet painted a small still life of a bouquet of violets for his close friend and fellow artist, Berthe Morisot, and the flowers showed up again that year in his portrait of Morisot dressed in black mourning clothes. Christopher Knight,, "Dan McCleary's paintings: Life at its peak beauty, but then what?," 14 June 2018 And in the basement, cops found that still life of Tom's world, interrupted by madness. CBS News, "Was revenge the motive behind Omaha stabbing deaths?," 2 June 2018 Eliza Moser is teaching several courses this summer, including still life drawing and portrait drawing in charcoal. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "Summer Of Fun For Kids Planned," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of still life

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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