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still life

n. pl. still lifes
1. Representation of usually household objects, such as flowers or food, in painting or photography.
2. A painting, picture, or photograph of such objects.

still′-life′ adj.

still life

n, pl still lifes
1. (Art Terms)
a. a painting or drawing of inanimate objects, such as fruit, flowers, etc
b. (as modifier): a still-life painting.
2. (Art Terms) the genre of such paintings

still′ life′



n., pl. still lifes.
1. a representation chiefly of inanimate objects, as a painting of a bowl of fruit.
2. the category of subject matter in which inanimate objects are represented, as in painting or photography.
[1685–95; translation of Dutch stilleven]
still′-life′, adj.

still life

A study of an arrangement of inanimate objects, such as fruit or flowers; a favorite form of the Dutch School.
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Noun1.still life - a painting of inanimate objects such as fruit or flowersstill life - a painting of inanimate objects such as fruit or flowers
painting, picture - graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface; "a small painting by Picasso"; "he bought the painting as an investment"; "his pictures hang in the Louvre"
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I am best known for wonky stilllife pictures full of movement and colour.
My first interest is landscape photography but, thanks to my RAF training, I will attempt to photograph anything that interests me, from wildlife, to stilllife, to people, even to the Spitfires and Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
This poem, taken from her excellent pamphlet The Cast-Iron Shore (erbacce-press, Liverpool) does indeed have a painterly quality to it - the half-open doorways, the empty kitchen with its dripping tap, the crockery, all seem images from a stilllife.