Jan Groover R.I.P

Jan Groover dies at 68. (NYtimes)

Jan Groover, whose relentlessly formal still lifes of mundane objects brought a sense of Renaissance stateliness to postmodern photography, died on Jan. 1 in Montpon-Ménestérol, France, where she had lived since 1991. She was 68.

Using a variety of camera formats to affect perception and plane, Jan Groover creates complex, abstract spatial arrangements in her still-life, portrait, and landscape photography. Her images demonstrate her craftsmanship in the darkroom with their finely-wrought delicacy. A painter by training, Groover makes reference to art history in her photographs, from Renaissance perspective drawings to Cezanne’s tabletops.

Pears from Sals Blog (Still life research)

Vintage Kitchen Still Life

Triptych (SFMOMA)