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still life

Throughout his career Steven Heffer has continued to make still lifes, in addition to landscapes and purely abstract compositions. In terms of recent British art, it is obvious that these compositions, distinguished by a deliberate visual modesty, belong within a framework of ideas that contains similar works by Sir William Coldstream and Euan Uglow. In a broader perspective it is also clear that they descend from the work of Cézanne, and, looking still further back, from the kitchen still lifes of J.-B. Chardin, and maybe even from the work of certain early Spanish still painters, such as Juan Sanchez Cotán The stress is on the importance of the humble. There is nothing to challenge the flamboyance of some 17th century Dutch still life painting.

Edward Lucie-Smith

Art Historian, Author & Critic

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