Still Life Paintings

When we speak of still life painting in India, we find that it does not go too far back in time, compared to the history of still life (as recorded) in the West. Though still life pervaded in Europe and the ancient world, it had fallen into decline and evolved in the 1600s as a genre in the Netherlands. It stood for more than just a breathtaking resemblance of day-to-day objects. The placement, framing, and composition of objects—including flowers, books, quills, and other acquisitions—bore narratives that served to either inculcate religious piety or moralise the viewer about the pitfalls of material pursuits. Many painters chose objects that were reflective of class and status, and packed their paintings with narratives that reinforced a message to the viewer.
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