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20th Century Still Lifes from the Permanent Collection

05/18/2018 to 08/12/2018
Curated by Jennifer Camp, Barringer-Lindner Curatorial Fellow

The still life is one of the earliest genres of painting. Examples are found in Egyptian tombs, the villas of the Roman Empire, and are perhaps most associated with 17th century Dutch and Flemish masters. The genre is no less popular among the artists of the 20th century. An arrangement of everyday objects, the simplicity of the subject matter belies often complex symbolic meanings.

From the painterly explorations of naturalistic form found in the work of William Merritt Chase, to the collage techniques of Picasso and Braque, to the deceptively banal reality in Carrie Mae Weems’ photography, artists throughout the 20th century have engaged with this genre to demonstrate technical skill, to experiment with modern styles and themes, and to comment on the nature of everyday objects and their place within art.

The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is generously supported by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. We also thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book

Spring 2018