Setting the Table: The Art of Still Life

  • Details

  • 6/14/18
  • 12 - 8 p.m.
  • $0 – $7
  • All Ages
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Event Description

Still life emerged as a genre of painting in the early 17th century in Europe. Including all kinds of man-made or natural objects, cut flowers, fruit, vegetables, fish, game, etc., still life paintings are highly symbolic and reflect the values of the society and artist that creates it. 

This exhibition draws upon the CRMA's extensive collection of still life to present an examination of how different artists create within the historical confines of the genre. Do they push the boundaries? Do they experiment with style or subject matter? Do they reference past works?  From snuffed candles, skulls and hourglasses, reminding the viewer of his or her own mortality, to lilies and glass vases alluding to the Virgin Mary's purity to lush flowers and fruits suggesting nature's annual cycles, still lifes can encapsulate whole worlds of meaning in seemingly unassuming compositions.

Image caption: 

Fred Easker, Milk Cans and Pears, 1987, Prismacolor pencils on paper, 21 x 34 inches, gift of Kim and Sandy Colberg, 2017.120.

This exhibition and accompanying educational programming has been made possible by Rockwell Collins and by the CRST International Donor-Advised Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.  Additional support has been provided by the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund, the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, members of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum’s Annual Fund.  Annual educational programming support has been provided in part by Transamerica.

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