C H A P T E R   9 Still Life

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Still Life

Painters and photographers have been depicting still life images for centuries. The interest comes from the interplay of texture, composition and lighting, giving artists the chance to demonstrate their skills.

Still life images vary considerably in content, from the fruit and dead game birds favored by the Old Masters to the dismembered body parts portrayed by the contemporary photographer Joel Peter Witkin.

Whatever the choice of subject, the themes often entail death and the passing of time: our skull and metronome show both of these concepts.

Drawing the table

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