Vanitas [lat.invalidity]


as you are reading my blog I assume that you know something about art but if this would not be the case, one basic thing at this point: “Vanitas” is a way of art mostly connected with still live. In a vanitas artwork the artist wants to depict evanescence of life by showing something dead in his painting like a dead flower or rotten food or some kind of an insect with negative associations like a dung beetle.

So far. Now I am writing about Alexander James today who copied the still lives of the renaissance with one decisive difference: He put the installation underwater!

There is a very extensive explanation of the meaning of his work and how it should be interpreted and what effect the water has one the installation and I would really entrust you to read that because I think he wrote it very well thought and with lots of information included which makes you see the paintings from a new perspective. Illuminating.











6 responses to “Vanitas [lat.invalidity]

  1. vanitas…is always a remainder that live is short, and our condition of vain and beauty, wont last for ever!!…

    • Yes that’s what i wanted to say… 🙂 how do you like his Art?

      • I really like the symbolic side of it. All 17th century Dutch paintings, they call it “banquet”, still lifes with “laid tables”. I could stare at them for hours and hours, so much subtle beauty…

  2. Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article. Thanks for providing these details.

  3. Having read this I thought it was really enlightening.
    I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this information together.
    I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both
    reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  4. are these paintings or photos and does he do any paintings?

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