Food still life  

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"Painted fruit is yet admissible [...] but unfortunately we often find, represented with deceptive naturalness, prepared and served dishes, oysters, herrings, crabs, bread and butter, beer, wine, and so forth, which is altogether to be condemned." --The World as Will and Representation[1], Schopenhauer

Illustration: The Unswept Floor (detail)
Illustration: The Unswept Floor (detail)

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Still life paintings of food[2] are a special form of still life painting. In these painting, tables are presented featuring food, tableware and other objects and in some cases, animals and/or insects. The genre came into being at the time that the still life became an autonomous art genre around 1600 and flourished in the first half of the 17th century. The term is synonymous with Banket(je), Ontbijt(je), Laid table, Breakfast-piece, and Banquet piece.

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