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Author Ebert-Schifferer, S.
Title Geschichte des Stillebens. English
Still life : a history / by Sybille Ebert-Schifferer ; translated from the German by Russell Stockman.
Imprint New York : Abrams, 1999.

Author Ebert-Schifferer, S.
Subject Still-life painting -- History.
Nature (Aesthetics)
Description 420 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 34 cm
Contents Legacy of antiquity -- Precursors of the autonomous still life -- First modern still lifes, around 1600 -- Flowering of the still life: the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries -- United States: still life as the mirror of a young nation -- From the early nineteenth century to the end of the first world war: the triumph of the 'how' over the 'what' -- Twentieth century: the still life as an experimental genre.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 393-411) and index.
ISBN 0810941902 (hardcover)
OCLC # 38870601
Table of Contents
IThe Legacy of Antiquity15
  Gifts of Hospitality15
  Mimesis: The Illusionist Imitation of Nature15
  The Unswept Room18
  Display and Consumption19
IIPrecursors of the Autonomous Still Life25
  The Rediscovery of the Physical World25
  Interchange Between North and South25
  Symbolic Thinking and Seeing29
  The Memento Mori31
  The Still Life as Part of an Everyday Setting34
  Collecting, Studying, and Painting36
  The Christian Table38
  Abundance and Vice43
  Kitchen and Market Scenes Throughout Europe50
  The Discovery of Beauty in Nature53
  Scientific Illustration54
  The Passion for Gardening and Collecting60
  Marvels from the Ends of the Earth66
IIIThe First Modern Still Lifes, Around 160075
  The Influence of the Counter-Reformation: Milan and Toledo75
  Caravaggio's Fruits and Brueghel's Flowers: Edification for a Cardinal80
  Symbols of Salvation86
IVThe Flowering of the Still Life: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries93
  The Netherlands and Germany93
  Flower and Fruit Painting96
  Forest Floor Painting: Artificial Nature115
  Table Still Lifes: Dainties and Dining Culture115
  The Monochrome Banketje: The Arrival of Painterly Elegance122
  Toebakje: Enjoyment and Health, Morality, and Profit129
  Pictures of Wealth: Mirrors of Dutch Society132
  Vanitas Still Lifes: Reflections on Mortality136
  Sumptuous Still Lifes of the Baroque: The Display of Abundance145
  Hunting Still Lifes and Game-Pieces: Princely Sport and Social Prestige157
  Trompe-l'Oeil: Toying with Deception162
  Italy and Spain173
VThe United States: Still Life as the Mirror of a Young Nation259
VIFrom the Early Nineteenth Century to the End of the First World War: The Triumph of the "How" over the "What"281
  The Biedermeier Bouquet and the Gift Table281
  Courbet and the Realist Revolution287
  Germany and the Purely Painterly: The Triumph of the Carrot290
  The Impressionists and Their Friends299
  Cezanne: Apples as a School for Seeing311
  Color as Mirror of the Soul314
  Fauvism and Expressionism321
  Cubism at and Beyond the Boundary of the Object332
VIIThe Twentieth Century: The Still Life as an Experimental Genre341
  Paris and the "Call to Order"341
  Magic Realism352
  "Engaged Art": The Still Life as Political Message361
  Still Life Versus Abstraction371
  The New Figuration375
  Pop Art: Consumer Images378
  Nouveaux Realistes and the Consequences: The End of the Still Life at the Threshold of the Trompe-l'Oeil384
 General Bibliography393
 Artist Bibliographies400
 Photo Credits420

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