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Some articles on paintings, painting:

Still Life - Twentieth Century
... mid-century when total abstraction, as exemplified by Jackson Pollock's drip paintings, eliminated all recognizable content ... theories and added elements inspired by Japanese woodcuts to their still life paintings ... In some of his still life paintings, such as Still Life with Eggplants, his table of objects is nearly lost amidst the other colorful patterns filling the rest of the room ...
Still Life - Antecedents - Middle Ages and Renaissance
... By 1300, starting with Giotto and his pupils, still life painting was revived in the form of fictional niches on religious wall paintings which depicted everyday objects ... with highly detailed optical realism and symbolism led them to lavish great attention on their paintings' overall message ... The development of oil painting technique by Jan van Eyck and other Northern European artists made it possible to paint everyday objects in this hyper-realistic fashion, owing to the slow drying, mixing, and ...
Still Life - Eighteenth Century
... By the 18th century, in many cases, the religious and allegorical connotations of still life paintings were dropped and kitchen table paintings evolved into calculated depictions of ... The French aristocracy employed artists to execute paintings of bounteous and extravagant still life subjects that graced their dining table, also without the moralistic vanitas message of their Dutch predecessors ... trompe-l'œil (French "trick the eye") painting ...
Still Life - Sixteenth Century
... to Europe from Turkey), were celebrated in still life paintings ... capitalized on that to produce thousands of still life paintings ... nearly simultaneous creation of modern still life paintings around 1600 ...
Still Life
... With origins in the Middle Ages and Ancient Greek/Roman art, still life paintings give the artist more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition than do paintings of ... Still life paintings, particularly before 1700, often contained religious and allegorical symbolism relating to the objects depicted ...

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    Not “Seeing is Believing” you ninny, but “Believing is Seeing.” For modern art has become completely literary: the paintings and other works exist only to illustrate the text.
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