Barrington Simpson RR3: Vanitas

The Dutch 17th and 18th Century still life painting uses bright colors and the essence of life and death to give the feeling of mortality. The painting style creates a metaphor for mortality by combing two different elements. from what i’ve seen so far its has mostly been through flora and fauna. So the flowers would symbolize the growth and birth and there will be other elements that contradict and represent the other side with is death. We can see this in Rachel Ruysch painting Fruit and Insects, 1711 where she painted the the fruits  and she had the salamander threatening the butterfly. Hector Rene Membreno-Canalesuses the same style in his photos by using war symbols and the standard fruits and vegetables.  I think headed a good job cuz he had all the right elements.

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  1. rmichals

    You got off to a good start but then did not fully respond to the work of Hector Rene Membreno-Canales. What were the right elements and what do the photographs that combine the elements of Dutch sill life painting with weaponry mean?


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