According to Musee D’Orsay, the painter Edouard Manet attached great importance to still life, which he considered to be the “touchstone of the painter”. Tired of history painting and of the “pretentious productions” that weighed down contemporary artistic production, he confessed: “A painter can say all he wants to with fruits or flowers, or even clouds. You know, I would like to be the Saint Francis of still life.”
According to mymodernmet.com, “A still life (also known by its French title, nature morte) painting is a piece that features an arrangement of inanimate objects as its subject. Usually, these items are set on a table and often include organic objects like fruit and flowers and household items like glassware and textiles. The term “still life” is derived from the Dutch word stilleven, which gained prominence during the 16th century. While it was during this time that the still life gained recognition as a genre, its roots date back to ancient times.”
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