Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) studied apples, flowerpots, and rumpled tablecloths until he understood them as their basic shapes: spheres, cylinders, and cones. He made the objects look more real, more three-dimensional, by gradually shifting from one color to another.
5th graders worked with Cezanne-like focus,
examining Line and Shape in observational drawings.
Still life paintings were found on the interior of ancient Egyptian tombs. It was believed that food objects and other items depicted there would, in the afterlife, become real and available for use by the deceased.