STILL LIFE * Oil on Panel * Signed BENCI
Panel: 39 x 59cm ( approx 15.5 x 23.2 inches) Framed: 57 x 77cm (approx 22.5 x 30.4 inches)
This still-life, in its simplicity and vibrant tonal harmony, is a wonderful contemporary work. The artist creates space and depth of perspective by means of planes of colour, which are freely associated and at the same time contrasted and compared. The facets which are thus produced create not just one but many perspectives, and in this way volume comes once again to dominate the composition, no longer a product of the line but rather of the color itself.
The picture comes in its original wooden frame and mount, all in good condition, apart from a light discolouring in the mount (top right) which may require light cleaning or replacement of the mount itself.
The development of Still Life was an international event which took place in many part of Europe during the late 16th century with an increased interest in the depiction of profane subject matter.
In the 19th century the rise of Impressionist and Post Impressionist painters, who emphasized technique and design over subject matter meant that still life was once again avidly practiced by artists.
In the 20th century the Cubists painted many still life compositions, often including musical instruments. And later, much of the Pop Art was based on still life, although its true subject was most often the commodified image of the commercial product represented rather than the physical still life object itself.