The Curious History of the Still Life genre


Two free illustrated talks: the Curious History of the Still Life genre

Coffs Harbour Regional gallery

Talk 1 ~ Peeling the Lemon: Tues 12 December: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Details here

‘The peeled lemon becomes in fact a kind of compulsory figure among still life painters for grace and precision.’ John Walsh, J. Paul Getty Museum

From Pompeii to Manet, Picasso to Warhol, Frida Kahlo to Damien Hirst.

Jan Davidsz de Heem, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, 1640. (The Metropolitan Museum, New York has recently changed the title to Still Life with a Glass and Oysters, ignoring that helix of lemon peel).


Talk 2  ~ Glass – Art & Reflection: Thu. 14 December: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm        Details here

Starring Caravaggio, Chardin, Morandi, Duchamp and many more . . .

Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Glass of Water and Coffee Pot, 1760.  ‘We make use of colour, but what we paint with is feeling.’ Chardin

Caravaggio, ‘is said to have remarked that painting still life requires as much artistry as painting figures. That was really revolutionary.’ Letizia Treves, the curator of Beyond Caravaggio, National Gallery, London, 2016.

Manet, glass detail, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882
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