In art, whether written or visual, animals can exaggerate distinctly human characteristics, presenting examples that at some angle illuminate with reflections of the audience’s hearts, minds, values, and experiences.
Blues has been used to set the mood of paintings. Artists draw upon blue’s gentleness for clear skies, eggshells, and flower petals. Or, they plumb into its depths, darkening it into oceans, shadows and storm clouds.
This paradoxical pairing of “still” and “life” – combined to signal the genre of painting commonly associated with strategically arranged fruit and shiny vases – is the odd couple that has ended up side-by-side for centuries.