Illustration made for the weekly @stillherestilllife still life challenge on Instagram. A still life (also known by its French title, nature morte) can depict any inanimate object such as fruit, flowers, food and every other commonplace item painted as the focus. The term derives from the Dutch ‘stilleven’, which became a collective name for this particular subject matter in 1650. Edouard Manet once called still life ‘the touchstone of painting’ and the subject matter has been popular across cultures and periods. Let’s keep the tradition going with this Still Life in Blue, composed of cherries and peaches executed in a vibrant blue color.