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Still life painting

Do you own any still life ? Are you curious to know what they are worth? Our Experts can provide a free appraisal to give you an estimate of the market price, then help you to ensure the best possible price should you decide to sell.

Still life painting

Still life is a genre that presents static elements meticulously arranged by the artist. Most often, the objects represented are symbolic, as the reading of the paintings can be complex. Still life has been known since ancient times, but no works have come down to us. This type of painting can be found in the frescoes made in Rome, Herculaneum and Pompeii in the form of trompe l’oeil.

The great masters of still life

Still life developed in the 17th century, particularly in Flanders and Holland. Artists became interested in the representation of flowers with the Great Discoveries. Bruegel the Elder was a specialist in the representation of plants. Caravaggio became the specialist in still life in Italy. France would also specialise in this field by producing austere works reflecting Protestant ideas. Some painters became known for their still lifes inlcuding Baugin, Linard, de Champaigne. This tradition was perpetuated in the 18th century with Chardin as the main representative. His compositions were simple, evoking an intimate atmosphere, while Largillière perpetuated the Flemish tradition.

Still life revisited over the centuries

Still life lost its splendour during the 19th century, and it was only first revived by Cézanne. He would paint works with geometric forms heralding cubism. The surrealist movement used still life by distorting reality as shown in some of Dali’s paintings. This theme was especially taken up by Pop Art to denounce consumer society.

Selling prices based on artists’ status

The price of a still life painting depends on the size of the painting, the quality of the paint and also on the status of the painter. It is important to call in an expert to both authenticate the still life artist and to set a value corresponding to the market price (ranging from a few hundred dollars to several millions for the great masters).

How do we appraise your still life painting?

Requesting an online appraisal of your painting is simple and entirely free of charge. You just need to complete our appraisal form with a brief description and some photos. This information will be sent directly to one of our still life painting experts who will provide you with a price range and sales advice.

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If you own a still life, use our online form for a free appraisal.

You will then be contacted by a member of our team of experts and auctioneers to give you an independent opinion of the market price. Should you wish to sell your painting, our specialists will also advise you on the various options available for selling at the best price.

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