Still Life painting and interior decorating

The still life is a kind of pictorial representation which consists in portraying inanimate objects. The objects depicted are among the other fruits and flowers, weapons, musical instruments, vases, books. In some still life paintings are represented different types of food: fish, bread, eggs, together creating a composition that brings to mind a lunch ready, for example breakfast.
Besides inanimate objects in still life paintings are also represented animals such as insects and crustaceans, and rarely even human figures, but it does not constitute the main theme.

The still lifes are the silent life of objects and things, a quiet life, without noise and without movement, an existence that is expressed by means of the volume, shape, plasticity. The skill of the artist, is to give, through a careful composition and a special atmosphere of light and shadow, a breath of life to these ideal objects or other inanimate things. The still life paintings representing flowers or fruits in the past were often considered allegories; simply did not reflect specific objects, but they had a symbolic meaning and moralistic. Tables prepared, foods, glimpses of kitchens, had to exorcise the fear of hunger and emphasize the welfare of the landlord and his family.

Still Life painting and interior decorating

The first traces of still life appeared between the second and third century, in the Hellenistic period. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, still life was often associated with scenes of a religious nature.

The French still life was born in the seventeenth century in origin but its meaning was derogatory, as opposed to the “living nature” of the works in the narrative subject, only worthy of representing the “big” painting, in the academic sense. The still life is configure ¬†as an independent genre in the early seventeenth century, in Italy and Flanders.


Among the painters who dedicated themselves to the still life we can indicate: de Barbari, Caravaggio, Aersten , Beuckelaer, Heda, the Kalf Claesz. In the eighteenth century still life has become popular in Spain and France, and was also used in decoration .
The still life is often used by contemporary artists. We must realize that has found use not only in painting, but also in other fields, for example in the photograph.

Still Life painting decorating

The still life paintings are a great idea to give our interior a touch of elegance and decoration to enrich the environments in which we live. They are suitable for both interior traditional to modern ones. The still lifes are especially ideal for kitchens because it is often portray typical objects of that environment.
The representation of still lifes gives us the opportunity to see objects of daily use from a completely different perspective.