still life

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noun, plural still lifes.
  1. a representation chiefly of inanimate objects, as a painting of a bowl of fruit.
  2. the category of subject matter in which inanimate objects are represented, as in painting or photography.

Origin of still life

First recorded in 1635–45
Related formsstill-life, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of still life

  • The next minute they are frozen in an eerie, extended tableau vivant——a still-life that's not actually still.

  • The photographs displayed on Flickr become an endless exercise in projection—a still-life ChatRoulette.

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    The Art of Silence

    Casey Schwartz

    May 6, 2010

  • So too, the photographs displayed on Flickr become an endless exercise in projection—a still-life ChatRoulette.

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    The Art of Silence

    Casey Schwartz

    May 6, 2010

Historical Examples of still life


British Dictionary definitions for still life

still life

noun plural still lifes
    1. a painting or drawing of inanimate objects, such as fruit, flowers, etc
    2. (as modifier)a still-life painting
  1. the genre of such paintings
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Word Origin and History for still life
n.

1690s, translating Dutch stilleven (17c); see still (adj.) + life (n.).

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