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Edouard Manet once called still life “the touchstone of painting.” Characterized by an interest in the insentient, this genre of art has been popular across movements, cultures, and periods, with major figures like Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso sharing Manet’s view. The still life gained prominence during the 16th century and is derived from the Dutch word stilleven, but its roots date back to ancient times. Still Life: Color and Light will utilize the practice of observational still life painting with a focus on the history and evolution of color, its organization, relationship, interaction and arrangement. Color, in a way unlike any other tool in visual communication, is very complex and frequently misunderstood. By focusing on the visual and aesthetic interactions of color, the science of color perception and the metaphysical nature of color perception we will create paintings that create a better understanding of the use of color.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None.

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Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.


Primary medium used will be acrylic paints. 

Affiliated With:

  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University