The Easel

Archives: Francesca Peacock

11th June 2024

Still life, still going

It was Dutch flower painting that established still life as a genre. Later, the French decided that it was the least prestigious genre – women’s art in other words. Despite its lowly status, the narrative capability of still life painting has proven to be substantial, because objects can speak eloquently to human themes like mortality, status and love. Like all great art, it has the capacity to “leave the viewer space to imagine themselves in the painting, in a different world.”