- 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.
Origin of still life
First recorded in 1635–45
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Examples from the Web for still life
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
February 9, 2014
The photographs displayed on Flickr become an endless exercise in projection—a still-life ChatRoulette.
So too, the photographs displayed on Flickr become an endless exercise in projection—a still-life ChatRoulette.
The smaller were pictures of still-life and the largest were landscapes.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
When they see your work they'll see that you're fit for still-life, at least.The Coast of Bohemia
William Dean Howells
My plan is as follows:—Suppose a piece of still-life to be the subject.
His pictures are chiefly landscapes with animals, and still-life.
He and his son were the founders of the "still-life" school in their country.
- 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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Word Origin and History for still life
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