Göran Ståhle visited the school this friday to talk about the history of still lifes in art. Göran is a freelance art historian, museum guide and writer.
Ståhle started the lecture by talking about the origins of still life painting in german wunderkammers during Renaissance Europe. He then highlighted the different styles of still lifes that where popular in the the 16th and 17th century and explained some of the heavy symoblism present in many of the works.
Juan Sánchez Cotán ”Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber” (1602)
Jan Brueghel the Elder “Bouquet” (1599)
Moving on, Ståhle described the shifts between the different centuries, their different uses and methods of still lifes and also the similarities that persist through the ages. He talked about how in the modern art world, still lifes have become the very objects themselves, but he also showed examples of modern day painters using similar compositions to the masters of old.
Paul Cézanne “Still Life with Basket of Apples” (1890-1894)
Salvador Dalí “Lobster Telephone” (1936)
This was the first of three planned lectures at the school by Göran Ståhle. In the coming weeks he will visit us again to talk about the body in art, and The Pre Raphaelites.
It was a great and informative view of the history of still lifes, and we eagerly await the coming lectures with Göran.