Pieter Claesz Still Life Analysis

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Description Pieter Claesz illustrated an image showing a morbid scene. The obvious focal point here is the gigantic broken skull, which he uses in many works of art, upon the worn paper in a folder of sorts. It appears as some of these papers were ready to be worked on as they appear less dull in color and are outside of the folder. Supporting the idea that they were to be written on is the quill visible on the left of the skull, from the skull’s perspective. Furthermore, a wine glass is seen as if it were falling, leaning on the papers. This wine glass is next to, on it’s right, a burned out candle, which perhaps is why the painting is so very dim, a constant yellow hue. However, on the left of the wine glass is a chronometer, or clock, left open with a blue ribbon of sorts below it. All of the objects listed are sitting above a green-curtained table beside a yellow background. Analysis Many elements are visible in the drawing such as it’s usage of space, it is clear that the…show more content…
The Still Life could be interpreted as pure genius and an interesting and realistic view on life, or could be seen as boring and uncreative. Pieter Claesz was special, he added extra meaning to the paintings, not just leaving it as what you see is what you get, but making viewers use their brains to figure out what it’s supposed to mean, which is a great thing, as a common complaint of Still Life is that artists often don’t provide any sort of hidden meaning. If any sort of complaint were to be made of this painting, it would be that it’s perhaps a bit lacking, only one point of interest and that he’s used the same point of interest over and over again, it’s colors are uninteresting, which is different from his earlier work, and that a lot of the objects visible are unfamiliar to people of today’s age, although that is not the fault of the

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