Christopher Paudiss

Still Life

Still Life
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Author: Christopher Paudiss
Still Life, Painting, Oil on canvas, 62x46.5 cm
Origin: Germany, 1660

Paudiss was much influenced by Rembrandt, in whose workshop he studied in the 1640s, but in this still life we see how he developed his own individual style. The everyday, ordinary objects are placed with such naturalness and simplicity that it seems as if the artist simply enclosed a piece of real life within a frame. Despite the apparent chance nature of the placing of the objects, the painting is remarkable for its sense of unity. Paudiss conveys space not as a background but as a living environment within which the objects are painted in shimmering colours and then wrapped in silvery air. The very painterly quality of Paudiss's still lifes sets them somewhat apart from the works of other 17th-century artists, as if they foreshadowed the discoveries of the Impressionists over 200 years later.

Style: Realism
Source of entry: Provenance: before 1859
Exibition: German Art: 15th - 18th centuries

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