a representation chiefly of inanimate objects, as a painting of a bowl of fruit.
the category of subject matter in which inanimate objects are represented, as in painting or photography.
- still-life, adjective
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How to use still life in a sentence
Shortly thereafter, Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi both walked away to take a brief rest, leaving the novel chess position sitting alone on a table in the box, like a still life in a museum display.
I doodled a still life, started a draft I’d been avoiding, and, in an attempt at self-care, patted Henry, who snored at my side through the whole sequence.Why I Traded Sleeping in for Morning Cuddles with My Dog | aweinberg | September 3, 2021 | Outside Online
A sauce, made from the juices of the salt cod, completes the still life.José Andrés brings Spanish comfort food — including a lot of eggs — to Bethesda | Tom Sietsema | July 9, 2021 | Washington Post
The artist likes to paint shiny enamel cups, pots and pitchers, which he stacks in teetering columns for still lifes.In the galleries: Humble materials yield extraordinary art | Mark Jenkins | June 4, 2021 | Washington Post
The music gives the impression that there is still life here.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake | Barbie Latza Nadeau | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The next minute they are frozen in an eerie, extended tableau vivant——a still-life that's not actually still.‘A Field in England’ Is a Psychedelic Cinematic Trip | Andrew Romano | February 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The image gives a new take on Sherrie Levine-ish appropriation, getting at it through full-blown still life.
All appropriation has its roots in still life – on the copy-stand, at least – but normally the context is cropped out.
Every still life is secretly cinematic, some version of the freeze-frame.
As for fur, and all that sort of thing, treat it as you would any other texture-problem in still life.The Painter in Oil | Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
Into the suburban still-life of the German schools of art not a sound made its way of what was taking place elsewhere.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
In one body, however, there was still life, and that happened to be the body of the battalion commander.The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
Her little boy, born just before his father's death, and upon whom she doated, was a magnificent piece of still life.Country Lodgings | Mary Russell Mitford
Her father insisted that she draw from still life and she had been using a distant tree as her model.The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest | Margaret Vandercook
British Dictionary definitions for still life
a painting or drawing of inanimate objects, such as fruit, flowers, etc
(as modifier): a still-life painting
the genre of such paintings
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