“Kitchen Still Life with a Copper Cauldron, a Mortar and Pestle, a Leek, and a Gallon of Milk” (after Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin) (all illustrations by the author for Hyperallergic)
With a bit too much time on my hands and a subscription to Adobe Photoshop I have been playing with an idea: what will happen to traditional still life paintings when elements from contemporary life are grafted into them? Some of the answers — in visual form here — are strikingly strange and darkly funny.
Each image is accompanied with the name of the artist whose original painting has been used for my satirical purposes. I hope they will all forgive me from their graves.
“Still Life of a Rotisserie Chicken, a Ham and Olives on Pewter Plates with a Bread Roll, an Orange, Wineglasses and a Rose on a Wooden Table” (after Oslas Beer)
“Still Life with Cake and Red Bull” (after Raphaelle Peale)
“Still Life with Salmon and Doritos” (after Francisco Goya)
“Still Life with Oysters and Pepsi-Cola” (after Willem Claeszoon Heda)
“Butcher’s Stall with Mylar Cow Balloon and the Flight into Egypt” (after Pieter Aertsen)
“Vanitas Still Life With Skull and iPhone Clock” (after Pieter Claesz)