The Modern Still Life

The still life has been a subject of art making since antiquity. The genre, classically focused on banal imagery—tableware, flowers, and food—was brought to new, dramatic heights during the Flemish Golden Age with elaborate scenes intricately rendered.

Today, the still life has been reinterpreted by contemporary artists to suit modern life. Artists such as Los Angeles-based Hilary Pecis have adopted the genre and updating the subjects with moments of her own life. Tables filled with wine bottles, hot sauce, and coffee are just as beautiful and stunning as a Rembrandt.

Our collection features some of our favorite riffs on the still life, updated for the modern table.

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