This week we feature a guest post from Connor Breed of
Potomac, Maryland Arlington, Virginia. In this post he responds to a scorching hot take recently posted in our friend-group’s Slack channel: “Still lifes are garbage.”
When a friend of mine recently declared that still life paintings were a dull and meaningless waste of his time, I considered it essential that I compose a defense on their behalf. Essentially, the argument hoisted by my Pittsburgher physics major buddy consisted of the following: Who really cares about flowers or a skull sitting on a desk? Couldn’t I just snap a photo of some trash on my iPhone and achieve the same effect? I can understand where he’s coming from, what with Pennsylvanians being all too familiar with garbage, but for his edification I will do my best to uphold the virtues of the Still Life genre.