Still Life

Scenes of flowers, fruit, weapons, instruments, or other everyday objects staged in kitchens, markets, or rooms: still lifes, the depiction of the inanimate, the simple and seemingly banal, have fascinated the public for centuries.

We present a selection of enchanting still lifes, from classical modernism to contemporary art.

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Still Life

The still life is a subject with a great tradition. According to legend, the history of still life goes back to ancient times: Pliny reported that the painter Zeuxis had painted grapes so realistically that they attracted birds.

The most renowned painters such as Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Renoir, Max Beckmann, and Claude Monet took up the still life in their oeuvre.

But contemporary artists such as David LaChapelle, Gerhard Richter, Wolfgang Tillmans and Jeff Wall also take up the idea of the still life and find new forms of expression both in painting and with other techniques such as multimedia, sculpture, or photography.