Famous Still Life Paintings

what is a still life?

A still life painting can contain a number of objects which are placed in a certain arrangement.  Artists have created everything from realistic still-life fruit paintings to abstract still lifes – each giving the objective arrangement of various objects their own unique interpretation.


Basket of Fruit  (c. 1595) Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio


Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels (1615) Clara Peeters


Still Life with Fruits in Porcelain (1630) Jacob Van Es


Vanitas with Violin and Glass Ball (1628) Pieter Claesz


Flowers in a Glass Vase (1704) Rachel Ruysch


Curtain, Jug and Fruit Bowl (1894) Paul Cézanne


Wood Tankard and Metal Pitcher (1880) Paul Gauguin


Sunflowers  (1889) Vincent van Gogh


Still Life with a Pewter Jug and Pink Statuette (1910) by Henri Matisse Violin and Candlestick (1910) by Georges Braque Natura Morta (1951) by Giorgio Morandi Living Still Life (1956) by Salvador Dalí