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Still life with violin

Adele Wagstaff says that musical instruments make a beautiful subject, and demonstrates a still life of her violin

Instruments have inspired many artists through the centuries; their sensuous and rhythmic shapes have provided painters with a fascinating and challenging theme. In Caravaggio’s paintings we see many beautiful instruments and also in the work of Chardin, Vermeer and Holbein.

Musical instruments have long featured in my work, whether being played during rehearsals or used as a still-life subject. The beautiful shape of the stringed instruments hold a particular fascination for me and, as a violinist, my own violin has featured in a number of still-life pieces, either as sole subject or placed alongside other objects.

Adele Wagstaff

trained at Newcastle University and the Slade School of Fine Art. She has taught in Belgium, Germany, Italy and the UK, including West Dean College, Putney School of Art and Design, Slade School of Fine Art and Royal Academy of Arts. Adele has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the BP Portrait Award, and her work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, Discerning Eye, Royal West of England Academy and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Adele has published two books: Still Life Painting in Oils (2012) ISBN 9781847973139 and Painting the Nude In Oils (2015), ISBN 9781847979056, both published by Crowood.

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