Definition of still life in English:

still life

noun

  • 1A painting or drawing of an arrangement of objects, typically including fruit and flowers and objects contrasting with these in texture, such as bowls and glassware.

    ‘a collector of Dutch and Flemish still lifes’
    ‘still-life compositions’
    • ‘Traditional still-life painting is often regarded as typically middle-class, representing the desire to possess and control the objects of daily life.’
    • ‘As with Dutch still-life painting, the shadows rendered by this special lighting took on a strong visual presence.’
    • ‘Once again I found myself scanning through art books to come up with an inspiring still-life project.’
    • ‘This canvas is one of many impressionist paintings in which the still-life elements help to establish the sitter's status by emphasizing luxurious material goods.’
    • ‘The strength of the book can be found in the many still-life images that comprise the artist's work.’
    • ‘His still-life objects, of course, remain secular, but he endows them with an almost sacramental aura, into which he draws the scullery maid.’
    • ‘His compositions generally consist of a few still-life objects against a dark background.’
    • ‘Framed in heavy ornate gold like an old-master painting, it offered a still-life arrangement of tropical fruit, stuffed birds and jungle plants.’
    • ‘He also works with bold colors to create still-life paintings.’
    • ‘These still-life paintings have been placed within interiors nationwide and are sure to create a successful design.’
    • ‘Several of his still-life paintings were designed in pairs and were therefore balanced in theme or composition.’
    • ‘Two monumental still-life paintings contain much the same air of portentous unreality.’
    • ‘It vies for space with the still-life resting on it and the solemn figure of the artist's son, Pierre.’
    • ‘Among the still-life photos hanging nearby in the gallery, a studied arrangement of food and flowers seems to belong to these expectant parents and their carefully ordered life.’
    • ‘There is a story that she once ate up some cream cakes which she had bought as a subject for a still-life study, but that is likely to have been from childish greed rather than desperate hunger.’
    • ‘He has achieved spectacular success and national acclaim with his still-life compositions of wine and the rituals surrounding its consumption.’
    • ‘Magritte included wine bottles in his still-life works, as well as actually painting on them.’
    • ‘A gallery of production stills and lobby cards show his lighting and composition genius in a still-life context.’
    • ‘The exhibition features many still-life paintings in addition to her many landscapes.’
    • ‘A few still-life paintings hang in the backdrop and some dark wood pieces as well as sheer curtains frame the room.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The genre of still life painting or drawing.
      ‘a master of still life’
      • ‘At the same time a greater variety of subject matter such as landscape, genre, and still life appeared in painting and Flemish artists became more aware of ideas from Renaissance Italy.’
      • ‘For an artist who paints and draws the conventional genres of still life, landscape, portraits and figures, he is surprisingly high-profile.’
      • ‘Instead of showing the rich opulence of harvest that Dutch still life aimed to portray, his paintings outline our consumer culture.’
      • ‘The works in this exhibition demonstrate that unlike other genres such as landscape or still life paintings, the creation of a portrait was a collaboration.’
      • ‘Also, certificates were awarded to first, second and third in the landscape/seascape, portrait/figurative and still life categories.’
      • ‘He was the son of a renowned still-life painter, yet tried every type of painting except still life.’
      • ‘Drawing inspiration from colour, Frances' paintings range from landscapes, to still life and portraits.’
      • ‘Her studio walls are currently a collage of still life drawings and coloured glass compositions in the making.’
      • ‘With a digital camera you could get higher or lower resolution, and you could set the film speed for still life or action shots.’
      • ‘It will feature both slides and photographs including landscapes, still life, portraiture, nature and sports.’
      • ‘Her work will include a variety of scenes of Mullaghmore, surrounding areas and still life paintings.’
      • ‘Not many artists within the milieu of the Madras Art Movement have concentrated their energies in working or redefining the concept of still life.’
      • ‘He has worked on different areas of photography - be it still life, people, food or architecture.’
      • ‘In addition there were also workshops on how to set up your own studio, portrait, still life photography, digital imaging and other skills necessary to enjoy the art of photography to the maximum.’
      • ‘She spent all of her working life in photography but turned to portraiture, landscapes and still life in recent years.’
      • ‘He is an ecologist, a graduate from Stavropol State University, and a photographer who specialises in still life.’
      • ‘He, on the other hand, created still life and genre paintings.’
      • ‘She works within the traditional genres of landscape, still life, the nude and portraiture, incorporating a wide variety of subjects and techniques to both celebrate and question the medium.’
      • ‘Lunch comes around slowly after the social session of painting still life in art.’
      • ‘Landscapes, architecture, portrait and still life all feature in the magnificent Herrod portfolio and his images grace many a magazine, book, CD cover and corporate publication.’

Pronunciation

still life