Nature Rearranged: The Still Life in Painting
Friday, April 12 from 4pm to 5pm
In celebration of the WAG’s Art in Bloom, this illustrated talk by WAG Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys, takes a closer look at the flower and still life painting tradition in European and Canadian art, including highlights from WAG collection.
At first glance, the flower painting or still life may appear simple and uncomplicated, with its components so familiar to everyday life. In more complex arrangements, its symbolism can usually be deciphered through historical texts. However, these same assumptions or unofficial canons, which for centuries defined the still life, have served as the foundation for its longstanding independence and stylistic endurance.
The still-life painting rewards its viewer with each encounter. There is no single reference point to compare one composition to another because the still life comes into being only when the artist creates it. In this way, it is unique as a genre. Its existence is based on the process of looking at the contents of life around us – and this act of gathering and composing in art has persisted for centuries.
FREE with Gallery admission or for WAG Members • Cash bar available