The Tate Museum puts it very succinctly, defining the subject of a still life as "anything that does not move or is dead."
Henri Matisse is said to be one of the most influential French artists of the 20th century. Matisse’s use of straightforward color, inventive figuration, and decorative patterns helped redefine many of the formal tenets of painting. Because of Matisse’s straightforward color and form, he is an accesible artist for young artists.
I set up a colorful still life in my studio for my students to paint. They chose either watercolor or acrylic paints but by the end of the class most had ended up with a mixed media painting. We used wet on wet technique in the apples and layering on the quince.
I was thrilled to see the completed pieces completely filling their paper.