My Wednesday morning students are spending two weeks on a table top still life with more than our usual amount of negative space. Here are some similarly composed paintings and links to enjoy.
Matisse, Lemons on a Pewter Plate1926 (reworked in 1929). Oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 26 1/8 in. from the Art Institute of Chicago. I chose a picture of this one in its frame so there is no mistaking the composition (lest you wonder if the grey sliver at the left is an accidental photographic crop).
This one is by Lynn Cartlidge, from her Saachi online gallery. Many more beautiful paintings there with open spaces.
Untitled (Still Life with oranges), 1957, 8"x10", oil on canvas.