A Still Life is one of the most timeless art subjects where artists have sought to use objects to express sentiments of time passing, human presence or the pleasures of life.
A Still Life typically depicts an inanimate object or collection of objects, that although on the surface appear mundane, often have symbolic meanings. These might include everyday objects which are either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, shells, etc.) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, etc.). Primarily as a genre of painting, they are often admired for their quiet, contemplative beauty which can be realistic or illustrative in nature.