Famous Still Life Artists

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A list of the most famous still life artists with names and images of their masterpieces. These painters bring life to the most inanimate objects, using intense color palettes and great skill. Still life artists often placed religious symbolism within their artwork, which for the most part can't be seen at first glance. These famous still life artists are best known for their work with inanimate objects and have great skill in turning an ordinary scene into a still life masterpiece.

Still life painters are known to play with the composition of objects and negative space to develop certain looks to their work. While early still life work usually had religious themes and tones, some modern still life artists break the two-dimensional boundary and add graphic elements to their work. 

Which artist is a well known still life painter? If you're interested in still life art check out this list of famous still lifes.

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    Juan Sánchez Cotán
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    Juan Sánchez Cotán was a Spanish Baroque painter, a pioneer of realism in Spain. His still lifes—also called bodegones—were painted in an austere style, especially when compared to similar works in the Netherlands and Italy.more

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    Georg Flegel
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    Georg Flegel was a German painter, best known for his still life works.more

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    Ambrosius Bosschaert
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    Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder was a still life painter of the Dutch Golden Age.more

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    Floris van Dyck
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    Floris van Dyck, also called Floris van Dijck or Floris Claesz. van Dyck was a Dutch Golden Age still life painter.more

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    Paul Liegeois

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    Franz Snyders

    Frans Snyders or Snijders was a Flemish painter of animals and still lifes.more

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    Osias Beert

    Osias Beert
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    Osias Beert or Osias Beert the Elder was a Flemish painter active in Antwerpen 1596 - 1623, who specialized in flower and "breakfast"-type still lifes.more

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    Juan Bautista de Espinosa
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    Juan Bautista de Espinosa was a Spanish painter. Much of his work, which included religious paintings and portraits, is now untraced, and his few known extant paintings are all still lifes. Little is known of his life. He worked in Toledo and Madrid from 1612 to 1626 and, judging by his style, he was ...more

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    Floris van Schooten

    Floris Gerritsz van Schooten was a Dutch Golden Age still life painter.more

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    Daniel Seghers

    Daniel Seghers
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    Daniël Seghers or Daniel Seghers was a Flemish Jesuit brother and painter who specialized in flower still lifes. He is particularly well known for his contributions to the genre of "flower garland" painting. His paintings were collected enthusiastically by aristocratic patrons and he had numerous ...more

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    Willem Claeszoon Heda
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    Willem Claeszoon Heda was a Dutch Golden Age artist from the city of Haarlem devoted exclusively to the painting of still lifes. He is known for his innovation of the late breakfast genre of still life painting.more

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    Clara Peeters
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    Clara Peeters was a still-life painter of the Flemish school in the early seventeenth century.more

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    Jacob van Es

    Jacob van Es
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    Jacob Foppens van Es or Jacob Fopsen van Es was a Flemish Baroque painter who was known for his still lifes mainly of food and occasionally flower paintings. He collaborated with other artists on garland paintings.more

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    Juan van der Hamen
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    Juan van der Hamen y León was a Spanish painter, a master of the still life paintings, also called bodegones. During his lifetime, he was prolific and versatile, painting allegories, landscapes, and large-scale works for churches and convents. However, today he is remembered mostly for his still lifes.more

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    Pieter Claesz
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    Pieter Claesz was a Dutch Golden Age painter of still lifes.more

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    Sebastian Stoskopff
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    Sebastian Stoskopff was an Alsatian painter. He is considered one of the most important German still life painters of his time. His works, which were rediscovered after 1930, portray goblets, cups and especially glasses. The reduction to a few objects, which is characteristic of early still life ...more

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    Francisco de Zurbarn

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    Giovanna Garzoni
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    Giovanna Garzoni was an Italian painter who was prominent in Europe during the Baroque period. Garzoni started her career painting religious, mythological, and allegorical subjects but became famous for her works with tempera and watercolors of botanical subjects. The artist rose to prominence due to ...more

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    Jacques Linard

    Jacques Linard was a French painter of the first half of the 17th century. He painted still-lives. He was baptised on the 6th of September, 1597. His first records of being of artist was in the 1620s. He was married in 1626 to the daughter of a Parisian Master Painter. In 1631 he is quoted as a ...more

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    Frans Ykens

    Frans Ykens
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    Frans Ykens was a Flemish painter who specialised in flower and fruit still lifes.more

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