In the 1960s, Audrey Flack (1931- ) began using photographs as the
inspiration for her paintings, even though the main thrust of her
earlier training was in abstract expressionism. She reinterpreted and
reworked the photographic subjects into more expressive representations
on canvas. In the 1970s, she began her series of vanitas
paintings. These paintings were modeled after the 17th-century Northern
European still lifes that served as reminders of the fleeting and
ephemeral nature of life, at the same time that they depicted the
vanity of the pursuit of material wealth (JAMA cover,
September 16, 1988).
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