Collection Reflection: Still Life with Curators

Take a closer look at a variety of still life works of art selected by Milwaukee Art Museum curators. Use these videos to learn more about this classic genre and the artists’ approach and style to capturing likeness, a moment in time, and symbolism with an artfully arranged collection of still objects. (Click on the curator’s name to watch the videos on these still life favorites.)

Curator Tanya Paul on Jan van Os

Jan van Os (Dutch, 1744–1808)
Flowers in Terra-cotta Vase, after 1780
Oil on panel
35 1/8 × 27 5/8 in. (89.22 × 70.17 cm)
Layton Art Collection Inc., Gift of Frederick Layton L111
Photo credit: John R. Glembin











Associate Curator Nikki Otten on Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon (French, 1840–1916)
Vase of Flowers, 1900/16
Pastel on paper
35 × 28 in. (88.9 × 71.12 cm)
Purchase, Marjorie Tiefenthaler Bequest and partial gift of Louise Uihlein Snell Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation M1996.37
Photo credit: Larry Sanders












Curator Lisa Sutcliffe on John Houck

John Houck (American, b. 1977) First Set, 2015 Inkjet print image and sheet: 21 1/2 × 27 1/2 in. (54.61 × 69.85 cm) Purchase, with funds in memory of Betty Croasdaile and John E. Julien M2016.76 Photo credit: courtesy of On Stellar Rays, New York, New York










Curator Brandon Ruud on Severin Roesen

Severin Roesen (American, b. Prussia 1816–ca. 1872)
Still Life, ca. 1852
Oil on canvas
31 1/2 × 43 in. (80.01 × 109.22 cm)
Gift of Anita Vogel Hinrichs in memory of Ferdinand Hinrichs M1988.133
Photo credit: Dedra Walls