Notes on the Persistent Genre of Still Life

A Still Life Oil Painting with Orange Peels by Curtis Green
Still Life with Orange Peels, 2018 by Curtis Green

The persistent genre of still life has been a staple of artistic expression From ancient times to the present.  Examples are found throughout the ancient ruins of Egypt, Crete, and Pompeii for example.

The still life was a devout study for the northern Europeans during the 15th – 18th centuries.   Then the still life took on a whole new meaning during the years when Cezanne and the Fauves were painting.  Picasso and Braque moved the still life into an entirely new purpose with their advent of Cubism, which led to the modernists’ search for form and the abstract work the expressionists.

Here is a fresh still life I did that was painted directly in oil, without any drawing done beforehand.  Alla Prima is the term for this type of work. This is the first one in what I hope will be more to come.  The image is probably more formal in composition than it is in execution,  which lends itself,  perhaps more toward contemplation rather than literal examination.

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