June 3, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Still lifes – from the Dutch stilleven (‘inanimate object’) – were for centuries considered lesser works than portraits or allegorical scenes, focusing as they do on common, everyday objects. Yet these simple scenes have captured artists’ attention for centuries. A still life has the ability to capture a passing moment and transcend time, allowing us to connect with the long ago artist and see the common objects of our own surroundings with fresh eyes.
Still Life Studio invites you to consider the unassuming still life genre anew. Compare a selection of artworks from the museum’s collection, ranging in origin from 17th century Holland to present day America, then spend some time sketching a still life of your own, using basic drawing principles and materials provided in the gallery.