Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin, the still-life artist of 18th-century France, was born in Paris in 1699. Having received no formal training, he rose to become one of the most highly-regarded painters of his lifetime, his work widely exhibited and sought by the rich and famous. His still-lifes, composed of simple elements, are exceptional in their depth of tone and striking in their directness. The genre scenes depict the domesticity of everyday bourgeois life, unsentimentalized and unidealized. This monograph reproduces a selection of 128 paintings, focusing on particular sections in enlarged detail to highlight texture and technique. A selection of prints and works by Chardin's contemporaries is also included. The book is divided into two sections, examining first the life of the artist and then the paintings themselves. Each area of Chardin's oevre is discussed in detail and he is placed in the context of the artistic life of the time.
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First published in France in 1994, Chardin expands on the work of Georges Wildenstein in the 1933 book, Chardin, and Pierre Rosenberg's catalog for the great Chardin exhibition of 1979. Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin was largely a self-taught painter who took the Academy of Painting by storm in 1728 despite the lowly status enjoyed by most still-life painters in his day. Though he rescued the academy's finances and won great artistic influence, he was never allowed to teach and was denied the academy's higher honors because he was a "painter of animals and fruit." Even so, for 20 years he performed the important task of hanging salon exhibits. Chardin examines the painter's career through his paintings and the writings of his contemporaries.Language Notes :
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Description du livre Harry N. Abrams, 1996. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire mon0001399566
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