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Still life : a history

Author: S Ebert-Schifferer
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 1999.
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"Full of new information and beautiful illustrations, this fascinating history of the European still life from the ancient world to the twentieth century is a pleasure to read and a joy to look at. Readers will learn about the still life's origin in Greco-Roman images of xenia, or "hospitality gifts," and how these evocative pictures evolved into the superb trompe l'oeil still-life paintings of the Roman Empire. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ebert-Schifferer, S.
Still life.
New York : Abrams, 1999
(OCoLC)682391026
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S Ebert-Schifferer
ISBN: 0810941902 9780810941908
OCLC Number: 38870601
Description: 420 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 34 cm
Contents: Legacy of antiquity --
Precursors of the autonomous still life --
First modern still lifes, around 1600 --
Flowering of the still life: the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries --
United States: still life as the mirror of a young nation --
From the early nineteenth century to the end of the first world war: the triumph of the 'how' over the 'what' --
Twentieth century: the still life as an experimental genre. I. The Legacy of Antiquity. Gifts of Hospitality. Mimesis: The Illusionist Imitation of Nature. The Unswept Room. Display and Consumption --
II. Precursors of the Autonomous Still Life. The Rediscovery of the Physical World. Interchange Between North and South. Symbolic Thinking and Seeing. The Memento Mori. The Still Life as Part of an Everyday Setting. Collecting, Studying, and Painting. The Christian Table. Abundance and Vice. Kitchen and Market Scenes Throughout Europe. The Discovery of Beauty in Nature. Scientific Illustration. The Passion for Gardening and Collecting. Marvels from the Ends of the Earth --
III. The First Modern Still Lifes, Around 1600. The Influence of the Counter-Reformation: Milan and Toledo. Caravaggio's Fruits and Brueghel's Flowers: Edification for a Cardinal. Symbols of Salvation --
IV. The Flowering of the Still Life: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. The Netherlands and Germany. Flower and Fruit Painting. Forest Floor Painting: Artificial Nature. Table Still Lifes: Dainties and Dining Culture. The Monochrome Banketje: The Arrival of Painterly Elegance. Toebakje: Enjoyment and Health, Morality, and Profit. Pictures of Wealth: Mirrors of Dutch Society. Vanitas Still Lifes: Reflections on Mortality. Sumptuous Still Lifes of the Baroque: The Display of Abundance. Hunting Still Lifes and Game-Pieces: Princely Sport and Social Prestige. Trompe-l'Oeil: Toying with Deception. Italy and Spain. France --
V. The United States: Still Life as the Mirror of a Young Nation --
VI. From the Early Nineteeth Century to the End of the First World War: The Triumph of the "How" over the "What" The Biedermeier Bouquet and the Gift Table. Courbet and the Realist Revolution. Germany and the Purely Painterly: The Triumph of the Carrot. The Impressionists and Their Friends. Cezanne: Apples as a School for Seeing. Color as Mirror of the Soul. Fauvism and Expressionism. Cubism at and Beyond the Boundary of the Object --
VII. The Twentieth Century: The Still Life as an Experimental Genre. Paris and the "Call to Order" Italianita. Magic Realism. "Engaged Art": The Still Life as Political Message. Still Life Versus Abstraction. The New Figuration. Pop Art: Consumer Images. Nouveaux Realistes and the Consequences: The End of the Still Life at the Threshold of the Trompe-l'Oeil.
Other Titles: Geschichte des Stillebens.
Responsibility: by Sybille Ebert-Schifferer ; translated from the German by Russell Stockman.
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"Full of new information and beautiful illustrations, this fascinating history of the European still life from the ancient world to the twentieth century is a pleasure to read and a joy to look at. Readers will learn about the still life's origin in Greco-Roman images of xenia, or "hospitality gifts," and how these evocative pictures evolved into the superb trompe l'oeil still-life paintings of the Roman Empire. The book continues with the still life's re-emergence in sixteenth-century Europe and its new associations with the cycles of nature and with Christian moralism, and follows its development to the pure still lifes of the eighteenth century and later. This astonishing pageant encompasses the meticulous realism of the Old Masters and the powerful forms of Courbet and his fellow Realists. It continues with the gorgeous visions of Monet and Renoir, the dynamic compositions of Cezanne and Picasso, and the Pop witticisms of Tom Wesselmann and Roy Lichtenstein. Taken together it is one of the great epic stories of Western art history."--Jacket.

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