Spotlight Artist: #1 Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699 - 1779)

The Silver Tureen c. 1728 Oil on canvas 30 x 42 1/2 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Synopsis Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin (b Paris, 2 Nov. 1699; d Paris, 6 Dec. 1779). French painter ofstill lifesandgenre scenes, subjects in which he was one of the greatest masters of all time. He was the contemporary of François Boucher and he briefly taught Jean-Honoré Fragonard, whose work typified the more fashionable Rococo style of the times. Chardin's work was a contrast to theirs in every way. More naturalistic, it was heavily influenced by 17th-century Dutch still life and genre paintings. Almost all his pictures are small in size and simple in subject, depicting objects and scenes from

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