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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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Girl Peeling Vegetables
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Oil on canvas, 46 x 37 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

 
Chardin's work contains, in every sense of the word, a moral: the importance of truth, the necessity for strict guidance of children, the dignity of labour. He never weakens his art by explicit statement of such things; they are the essential fibre out of which it grows, and everything we know suggests that they were his own beliefs. The public understood him instinctively and probably always preferred his genre scenes to his still-lives. His Salon appearances were - especially in the years before Greuze arrived - outstandingly successful.

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