Paintings  Still lifes

Paintings "Still lifes"

Still life is the genre of painting which realistically depicts dead or motionless objects. The composition follows from the subject matter and/or aesthetics. There are thus a variety of still life subjects, e.g., kitchen, flower, hunting or weapon still lives. In the baroque, still life blossomed in Holland and Flanders. The arrangements of still lives often depicted symbolically coded messages, showing a detailed development of realistic depictions of nature. The magnificent Dutch still lives show harmonious compositions as depictions of wealth. Trompe l'oeil is the culmination in realistic still life painting, reality and painting can no longer be distinguished by the eye. The baroque still life always showed in its variety, its perfect, realistic way of painting with harmonious compositions, the appearance of randomness.