Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin
Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin was an 18th century French painter. He is now considered a master of still lives, especially in his kitchen scenes. He is known for the intimate realism and tranquility of his scenes depicting domestic life. When compared to Rococo art that dominated France at the time, his paintings might even be considered austere.
Giorgio Morandi was a 20th century Italian painter and printmaker known for use of simple subjects and tonal subtlety. His still lifes were pure in composition and form, his fine eye turned to see color and balance. The last stage his work went through was "The Metaphysical Painting", which focused on subtle variations in hue and creating an atmospheric haze.
Uta Barth is a contemporary photographer. her photography often plays with light, using the natural qualities of it as a subject in itself. She deliberately disregards the point and shoot aspect of photography, and instead encourages the eye to focus not on the objects in the photographs, but rather the way the photograph was taken.