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Chardin

Author: Marianne Roland Michel
Publisher: New York : Abrams, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) is acknowledged as one of the finest genre and still-life painters of the eighteenth century. Until now, there has been surprisingly little substantial scholarship published on this great French artist's work. This authoritative and beautiful book redresses that lack, bringing to light a wealth of new material about an important and seminal artist, including paintings  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Roland Michel, Marianne.
Chardin.
New York : Abrams, ©1996
(OCoLC)676716862
Named Person: Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin; Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marianne Roland Michel
ISBN: 0810940418 9780810940413
OCLC Number: 33405418
Description: 293 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 35 cm
Contents: Part I A Parisian Painter: Chapter 1. Painter of Animals, Kitchen Utensils and Vegetables --
Chapter 2. Becoming Famous --
Chapter 3. The 1750's: A New Direction --
Chapter 4. The 1760's: Official Commissions and a Select Clientele --
Chapter 5. The Evening of a Beautiful Day --
Part II The Great Magician: Chapter 1. The Painter and the Critics --
Chapter 2. Colour, Brushwork and Feeling --
Chapter 3. Still Life --
Chapter 4. Portraits and Genre Scenes --
Chapter 5. The Artist and Engravings --
Chapter 6. Painting in Chardin's Time --
Selected Texts --
Catalogue of Engravings Ater Chardin --
Bibliography --
Index --
Index of Chardin's Paintings. Painter of Animals, Kitchen Utensils and Vegetables --
Becoming Famous --
The 1750s: A New Direction --
The 1760s: Official Commissions and a Select Clientele --
The Evening of a Beautiful Day --
The Painter and the Critics --
Colour, Brushwork and Feeling --
Still Life --
Portraits and Genre Scenes --
The Artist and Engravings --
Painting in Chardin's Time --
Catalogue of Engravings After Chardin --
Index of Chardin's Paintings.
Other Titles: Chardin.
Responsibility: Marianne Roland Michel.

Abstract:

Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) is acknowledged as one of the finest genre and still-life painters of the eighteenth century. Until now, there has been surprisingly little substantial scholarship published on this great French artist's work. This authoritative and beautiful book redresses that lack, bringing to light a wealth of new material about an important and seminal artist, including paintings discovered within the last decade. A man of humble origins who painted humble subjects, Chardin rose to become one of the most sought-after artists of his day, attracting the patronage of Catherine the Great, Frederick the Great, and the Queen of Sweden, among others. The outstanding colorplates in Chardin clearly demonstrate why his work was so popular, and why it still intrigues us today. They reveal the artist's extraordinary understanding of form and volume, his virtuosity in depicting surface textures, and above all his poetic, yet unsentimental feeling for the common objects of daily life. Chardin's unassuming kitchen-table vignettes were enormously influential on the history of painting in France, where they have been revered for two centuries. They touch us with their calmness and humanity: a young boy building a house of cards; a woman taking tea, interiors with fruit, game, and lustrous copper pans. They are more than just depictions of domestic contentment; Chardin's paintings convey values that transcend his time and bring the artist and the modern observer together. An illustrated catalogue of prints made after Chardin's paintings accompanies a fascinating analysis of Chardin's life and career by Marianne Roland Michel, Director of the noted Galerie Cailleux in Paris and a highly regarded authority on French eighteenth-century painting and drawing. Together with contemporary accounts by Denis Diderot and Charles-Nicholas Cochin, a fully rounded picture emerges of the artist's life, his critical reception, the artistic world of his time, and his works themselves, which alone are proof of his unique standing. This lavish work is an invaluable contribution to the literature on Chardin and eighteenth-century art.

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