Take a few perishable items (flowers, fruits, vegetables) cultural signifiers (books, postcards) or domestic objects (baskets, bowls) and arrange them in a room or on a table. Proceed to render these in great detail or abstract them into suggestive shapes and colors. This is often the first creative exercise for aspiring artists, helping them to refine their representation skills or master certain mediums. This selection of still lifes from the permanent collection reveals the vitality and diversity of the genre and includes works by Ay-O, Cole Carothers, Mary Ann Currier, Hattie Hutchcraft Hill, David Hockney, Konrad Klapheck, William Scott, and others.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.