Paul Signac, French, 1863 - 1935. Zinnias and Marigolds, ca. 1911 – 1915. Watercolor on paper. 13 x 15 1/4 in. (33 x 38.7 cm). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ryerson 1939.2

Still Modern

April 20, 2019 - July 14, 2019

Graphics Gallery

Still life artworks depict inanimate objects, such as fruit, flowers, and vessels. This genre of art has been employed by artists for centuries, but the subject gained popularity in the late 16th century in the Netherlands through Dutch painters. The subject matter continued to fascinate artists throughout the 20th century, with modern artists, such as Marc Chagall, Serge Charchoune, and Roy Lichtenstein, adapting new ways and methods of depicting the traditional genre. This exhibition features works on paper (prints and watercolors) from the 20th to 21st century that depicts still lifes. Artists in this exhibition such as Audrey Flack, Janet Fish, and Jane Goldman show the ways the subject has been continually reinvented to portray scenes of modern life.

From the Exhibition

  • Jane E. Goldman, American, born 1951. Aububon: Passenger Pigeon, 2005. Screenprint on paper. 22 × 30 inches. Museum purchase, 2009.85

  • Nefertiti Goodman, American, born 1949. Les Oiseaux au Jardin d’Or II (The Birds in the Golden Garden II), 2004/2016. Linocut with hand-painted watercolor and gouche. 44 × 36 inches. Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club, 2015.62

  • Keith Morrison, American, born 1942. Crossing, 1997. Watercolor on paper. 22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.2 cm). Gift of Claudia DeMonte 2008.362