Still Life from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Tradition and Innovation

Still Life from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Tradition and Innovation

4F Boston Gallery
September 17 (Sat.), 2011 - February 19 (Sun.), 2012

photo:Fruit and a Jug on a Table

Paul Cézanne «Fruit and a Jug on a Table» about 1890-94
Photograph © 2011 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

As represented by Cézanne’s “apple” or Morandi’s “bottle,” still lifes depict familiar everyday objects. Painted as allegories or trompe-l'oeils (illusionism) in antiquity, still lifes have had a rich and varied development over the ages. Particularly in modern times, the colors and shapes of motifs have in themselves become subjects of artists’ attention.

This exhibition presents European and American paintings as well as ceramics and silver works from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ extensive collection. The 69 works, brimming with creativity and not limited to the artistic medium of painting, trace the evolution of still-life expression from the 16th century to the present day.

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