Still-life paintings came into their own in the 20th century at the hands of painters ranging from Pierre Bonnard and Pablo Picasso to Georgia O'Keeffe.

They evolved from genteel compositions of inanimate objects into works of vibrant color and striking forms like those on show in "Twentieth Century Still-Life Paintings from The Phillips Collection." This exhibition of 74 works by 46 artists of the modern era has opened at the Mint Museum of Art as part of an international tour.During the early 20th century, curator Todd Smith says, "still-life painting gained a respected following," as cubism and other movements helped expand ideas of what art could be.

The exhibition, organized by The Phillips Collection of Washington, D.C., is on show at the Mint Museum through April 5.

It will then travel to:

-Miami Art Museum, June 19-Aug. 30.

-California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, Sept. 20-Dec. 13.

-Dayton (Ohio) Art Institute, Jan. 16-March 21, 1999.

-Five venues in Japan for the rest of 1999.

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