Kia ora koutou — this is a series where we ZOOM in on one of the wonderful artworks from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s Collection...
Still Life 1861
by Blaise Desgoffe
Oil on panel
Collection Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Here are some fancy objects arranged on a table in a darkened room.
Light is shining on them from a window on the left.
Can you see a peacock feather fan with an ivory handle?
Why do you think you can’t buy one of these in the shops anymore?
Do you think this artwork looks more like a photograph than painting?
A painting of objects sitting on a table is called a still life. The objects could be expensive antiques or everyday objects such apples and pears in a bowl.
You could make an artwork like this:
Arrange some of your favourite things on a tabletop and draw them. This still life will be special because it shows us what is special to you.
Your still life is a kind of self-portrait.
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