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List of Famous Still Life Paintings

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List of the most famous still life paintings in the world, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The popular still life paintings on this list are considered to be some of the most recognizable works of art on the planet, so save yourself a trip to the museum and check out this artwork from the comfort of your own home. still life is an extremely important genre in the art world, so it's no surprise that some of the most recognizable fall under the still life genre. You can find additional information about these well-known paintings by clicking on the names of the pieces.

Everything from Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers to The Basket of Apples is included below.

This list answers the questions, "What are examples of still life paintings?" and "What are the most famous still life paintings?"
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    • Artist: Adriaen van der Spelt
    • Genres (Art): Still life
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Baroque
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  • Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier
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    Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier is a painting created circa 1893 to 1894 by French artist Paul Cézanne. It is considered the most expensive still life ever sold at an auction. Cézanne was famous for painting still lifes which expressed complex emotions while still being based upon carefully observed reality. Paintings of this type would eventually lead to the creation of new art styles during the 20th century such as Cubism....  more
    • Artist: Paul Cézanne
    • Genres (Art): Still life
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Post-Impressionism
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  • The Basket of Apples
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    The Basket of Apples is a still life oil painting by French artist Paul Cézanne. It belongs to the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The piece is often noted for its disjointed perspective. It has been described as a balanced composition due to its unbalanced parts; the tilted bottle, the incline of the basket, and the foreshortened lines of the cookies mesh with the lines of the tablecloth. Additionally, the right side of the tabletop is not in the same plane as the left side, as if the image simultaneously reflects two viewpoints. Paintings such as this helped form a bridge between Impressionism and Cubism....  more
    • Artist: Paul Cézanne
    • Subject: Apple
    • Genres (Art): Still life
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Cubism, Impressionism
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    • Artist: Paul Cézanne
    • Subject: Apple
    • Genres (Art): Still life
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Post-Impressionism
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