How important it is not to overact.

Published on 8 January 2024 at 14:13

Hello, my dear friend. The ginger cat Charlie is here now.

Let's talk again today about #art in oil painting.

But before that, I want to emphasize how important it is not to overact when it is unnecessary.

My hostess has been focusing on still life lately. I generally transform my brows into a home when staring at her latest work.

And, as is frequently the case with creative individuals, I overact or fail to maintain enthusiasm at the appropriate time. When you want to eat, it may be a real treat.

So, I'm posing as another pleasure, like wow.

My host saw it, put my bowl of food aside, and told me the history of #still life as a fine art genre, particularly at such an "irreverent" time. Of course, while listening to his talk, I gave a wise look, but I also felt it could be fascinating for you.

This was his speech (it looks like a #blog post):

Have you ever honestly looked at a #still life painting?

I mean, really, look at it.

Take a moment and picture it.

The history of still-life painting is a fascinating journey that dates back to ancient times.

 

In the tombs of ancient Egypt, you'll find murals depicting food items, a precursor to still-life painting, and on the Roman frescoes at Pompey.

 

Fast forward to the Middle Ages, and you'll see religious symbolism woven into still-life depictions.

But it's in the 16th and 17th centuries that still-life painting truly blossoms.

Think of the Dutch masters whose paintings have symbolism and hidden meanings.

The artists associated with the Dutch Golden Age were usually male: Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. But there were also many talented female artists who should be recognized. Among them are Clare Peeters, Magdalena van de Passe, Anna Maria van Schurman, Judith Leyster, and many others.

 

A peeled lemon, a half-eaten herring, a glass of wine—each object is meticulously chosen and placed.

And let's not forget the French masters, with their focus on texture and light.

A basket of perfectly ripe fruit and a silver goblet caught the light.

‘’I want to conquer Paris with an apple!’’ This statement of intent belongs to the French artist Paul Cezanne.

Still-life painting is more than just a depiction of inanimate objects.

It's a snapshot of a moment in time, a glimpse into the artist's world.

It's a celebration of the beauty found in everyday objects and a reminder to appreciate the simple things in life.

So, next time you see a still-life painting, take a moment.

Look beyond the jars, the grapes, the apples, and the pears...all seemingly simple objects, yet they tell a story.

And you should see the story, listen to it, and try to understand.

That's how he ended his conversation.

 

As for me, I started biting my nuts midway through his talk. He was as enticing as ever.

By the way, if you enjoyed my mistress's still life, named ‘’Arabian Twilight’’ you might use it as a #housewarming gift; for example, find it at the Artogalleria.

Linktr.ee/nikgaevski in the footer of this page.

 

Original oil painting: ''Arabian Twilight.''

 

See you next time!

But we are both waiting for your comments, as always.

Charlie and Nik. 

 

P.S. By the way, my next-door neighbour (but he is a grey cat, not a ginger one) recommended that I read articles from htpps://theartstory.org, which tells me they are also interesting. But you know, I like to tell stories, not read them.

 

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