Vanitas Still Life

Still Life with Basket of Fruit
Balthasar van der Ast, Dutch, 1622
(oil on panel)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Let’s continue our discussion on the history of still life and look at two vanitas still life paintings that are rich in symbolism. Continue reading

Still Life

Still Life
Sam Taylor-Wood, British, 2001
(35mm film transferred to video)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The next three entries are for the student who loves the history of art—in this case, the history of still life. Shall we begin? Continue reading

Camille on the Beach

Camille on the Beach at Trouville
Claude Monet, French, 1870
(oil on canvas)
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

You can learn a great deal by studying the lives of famous artists. The French artist Claude Monet is one of the most famous artists of all time! Let’s learn about Monet’s early career and study in-depth the new style of art he championed called Impressionism. Continue reading

Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian

Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian
Michael Richards, Jamaican American, born US, 1999
(resin, fiberglass and paint)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Artists depict stories from history. Artists depict stories from the Bible and other religious texts. Artists depict stories from literature. Let’s look at a work of art that tells a story from each one of these spheres. Continue reading

Leopard Hip Pendant

Leopard Hip Pendant
Kingdom of Benin, Edo artist, Nigeria, circa 18th Century
(cast brass with copper inlay)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Let’s go to Africa. There we will learn about traditions from South Western Africa and study the beauty and power of the leopard.  Continue reading