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 Sanderson paints vibrant scenes of city life, flowing landscapes and still life of flowers in bright red, yellow and blue hues. Patrick Connolly,, "Maitland Rotary Art Festival returns as hybrid event with in-person art, online marketplace," 11 Nov. 2020 And then, in the midst of all this motion, still life. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Amy Sillman’s Breakthrough Moment Is Here," 8 Oct. 2020 Hartenstine said a system has been engineered to synchronize aromas — like citrus for a van Gogh still life — with the movement of images and the score. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "1st-in-the-U.S. show at Newfields will let you experience a painting with all your senses," 7 Oct. 2020 Pearson’s work has explored narrative figuration while in college and the formal and abstract nature of everyday objects, through painting still life, after graduating, according to the release. Megan Woodward,, "Three McDaniel College professors selected for endowed positions: ‘It means a lot’," 23 Sep. 2020 The entire wall by the bed is consumed by a picture window framing a not-so-still life of the forest. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "With no contact and substantial space, Getaway’s tiny houses were ahead of their time," 11 Sep. 2020 For Vogue, Merlain captured a layered still life starring a Tory Burch Mcgraw embossed color-block tote bag. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "15 Photography Students Capture the Season’s Standout Bags," 9 Sep. 2020 In short order, the Smithsonian American Art Museum sent a colorful still life by H. Lyman Saÿen to the Akron Art Museum. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Shuttered Museums Use Social Media to Share Bouquets of Floral Artwork," 30 Mar. 2020 Drawing and Painting Do some still life paintings and portraits in the yard. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "25 Ways to Recreate Summer Camp at Home," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of still life

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Still life.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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