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Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779)
Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin was born, lived and died in Paris. He is known for his beautifully textured still lifes as well as his sensitive and touching genre paintings. Simple, even stark, but treasured paintings of common household items and an uncanny ability to portray children's innocence in a nonsentimental manner make his paintings universal across time.
Silver Goblet
Soap Bubble
Girl Peeling Vegetables
Canary
Water Glass and Jug
Pheasant and Hunting Bag
Laundress

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The Canary
1750-51
Oil on canvas, 50 x 43 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

 
Commissioned for the king by Le Normant de Tournehem, the Director of Buildings, and exhibited in the Salon of 1751, the painting subsequently became part of the collection of the Marquis de Marigny, Madame Pompadour's brother. One of Chardin's last genre scenes, it shows the painter influenced by Dutch art, using a detailed language and a delicate balance of light.
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