Among the subsidiary duties of art is that of conserving, and no doubt also of taking extinguished, faded ideas and restoring to them a little color: when it performs this task it winds a band around different ages and makes the spirits that inform them return. It is only a phantom life that here arises… (Nietzsche)
Sill-life painting might be interpreted as an attempt to divert one’s eyes from the emotional content of the human face and expressions of the body. Consider Napoleon’s figure (Jacques-Louis David), overshadowing the mountains with his victorious pose. Or, consider Iven’s (Ilya Repin) deranged eyes staring out of the canvas, carefully designed to silence the expression of every other object in the room – including his son’s body.
And suddenly table-clothes, vases, old bookcases and loquat branches. David Boskovich’s still-life paintings bring to the fore his own attempts of confronting objects by making them the focal point of expression.