Modern art or “classical modernism“ begins with the 20th century. Modern art contains still the realistic figurative representation but also its rejection up to total abstraction. It is characterized by artistic experimentation and the rejection of the traditional use of colours and forms. The classical modernism includes different art styles as expressionism, cubismus or “New objectivity“.
Still life contains the depiction of dead or motionless objects arranged in a certain way. The range of representations extends from everyday objects to precious items. Thus there are distinguished inter alia flower, book, fish, breakfast and hunting still lifes. The attraction of the still life arises from the exciting relation between materiality und symbolism of the depicted objects; the still life is a preferred form of presentation for the Vanitas theme.