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Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin

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Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin Biography

Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin was an artist of the early 18th century. At this time the predominant form of art was Rococo, mostly associated with merriment and pleasure. Paintings of elegant carnivals, erotic nudity and romantic trysts were abundant, while reality seemed all but absent from the world of art, which is precisely what makes Chardin’s works stand out among the rest of the eighteenth century. His still-lifes are plain and unembellished, and depict the real world that he saw around him, rather than a Rococo fantasy. Chardin was born in 1699 in Paris to the family of a master-carpenter. He lived his entire life in the district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where he was also christened at the Church of Saint-Sulpice.

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Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin Bibliography

Chardin by Pierre Rosenberg. Yale University Press, 2000.

The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting by Colin B. Bailey, Philip Conisbee, Thomas W. Gaehtgens. Yale University Press, 2003.

Boucher and Chardin: Masters of Modern Manners by Anne Delau. Paul Holberton Pub, 2008.

Chardin by Marianne Roland Michel. Harry N. Abrams, 1996.

Jean Simeon Chardin 1699-1779 by Dorit Hempelmann, Margaret Klinge-Gross. Hatje Cantz, 1999.