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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
Water Glass and Jug
Pheasant and Hunting Bag


Water Glass and Jug
c. 1760
Oil on canvas, 32,5 x 41 cm
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

Diderot could have no higher praise of a Chardin still-life than to say: 'C'est la nature même.' And for him Chardin remained the great magician-painter whose canvases deceived the eye by their tremendous realism, down to the very textures of the objects painted. Such pictures kept the spectator completely within his own experience, and to some extent that is true of all the pictures painted by Chardin - including those genre scenes which were executed chiefly in the years before Diderot wrote of the Salons, but which are also in their way still-lives. Neither category of picture was novel, and Chardin might seem merely to be practicing what had been among the most typical products of Dutch seventeenth-century painting.
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