Afternoon Salon

The Role of Still Life in Modern Art

Still Life with a Poem, 1915
Juan Gris
Spanish, 1887–1927
Oil on canvas
31-3/4 x 25-1/2 in. (80.6 x 64.8 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1968.08.1.P
© 2014 Norton Simon Art Foundation

The Role of Still Life in Modern Art

Date: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Speaker: Educator
Type: Afternoon Salon

Starting in the mid-19th century, the still life gradually began relinquishing its strong allegorical associations, with which it had been conventionally aligned throughout the previous centuries. In the hands of Courbet, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin and Braque, among others, the still life was transformed into an anti-narrative exercise, if not a "play" in form, as artists sought to call onlookers’ attention to the true condition of painting: "the flat surface, the shape of the support, the properties of pigment."


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