Still Life with Decanter and Books
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William A. Keely
(active ) Primary
Still Life with Decanter and BooksOct. 18, 1894
9.375 x 11.75 in. (23.813 x 29.845 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 1993.25
Geography: North and Central America, United States
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Paintings; Watercolors and Gouaches
This object has the following keywords:
- books - Items comprising a collection of leaves of paper, parchment, wood, stiffened textile, ivory, metal tablets, or other flat material, that are blank, written on, or printed, and are strung or bound together in a volume.
- decanters - Decorative bottles, often with a stopper, used to store or serve beverages, especially wine or liquor.
- still lifes - Images in which the focus is a depiction of inanimate objects, as distinguished from art in which such objects are subsidiary elements in a composition.The term is generally applied to depictions of fruit, flowers, meat or dead game, vessels, eating utensils, and other objects, including skulls, candles, and hourglasses, typically arranged on a table. Such images were known since the time of ancient Greece and Rome; however, the subject was exploited by some 16th-century Italian painters, and was highly developed in 17th-century Dutch painting, where the qualities of form, color, texture, and composition were valued, and the images were intended to relay allegorical messages. The subject is generally seen in oil paintings, though it can also be found in mosaics, watercolors, prints, collages, and photographs. The term originally included paintings in which the focus was on living animals at rest, although such depictions would now be called "animal paintings."
- Sheet Dimensions: 9.375 x 11.75 in. (23.813 x 29.845 cm)
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