Hidden Gems II: Still Lives

A still life typically depicts inanimate objects (both natural and man-made) arranged into a decorative, and often symbolic, composition.

Although its origins can be traced back to Greco-Roman art, as a genre still life began with the Netherlandish paintings of the 16th century (the English term still life derives from the Dutch word stilleven).

In his witty portrayal of Gerard Dou in his Studio Douglas Percy Bliss captures the essence of the golden period of Dutch still life painting.

Although traditionally still life was considered the lowest of all of the Fine Art genres, by the 20th century (in line with the growth of an increasingly affluent middle class society) it had come to occupy a more important place than both history painting and religious art (previously considered more significant art forms).

This on-line exhibition offers previously unseen works by Rimmington, Gere, Adshead, Finney, Bliss, Bone, Freedman, Mahoney, Taylor and Spencer.

Works FEATURED in this Exhibition

Hubert Arthur Finney (1905 - 1991)
Aga with Two Kettles and Blue Towel, circa 1930
Margaret Gere (1878 - 1965)
The Staffordshire Ornament, circa 1910
Douglas Percy Bliss (1900 - 1984)
In his element: Rembrandt’s pupil, Gerard Dou
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Thistles in a glass jar, circa 1930
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Study of a sunflower head, mid 1930’s
William S Taylor (1920 - 2010)
Soldier’s kit, 1940
Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Still-life of Poinsettia with Leopard Skin, c. 1935
Gilbert Spencer (1892 - 1979)
Apples in a Basket circa 1913
Hubert Arthur Finney (1905 - 1991)
Tenerife Crate with Apples on a Wooden Chair, 1930s
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Still life of bread, brioche and a knife, circa 1935