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Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin

Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin

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173 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #5588
On a dark November day in 1699, he saw the light of day in Paris: Jean Siméon Chardin. Born as the oldest son of a carpenter in the art district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, he was later to take over his father's business. Accordingly, he received a craft training. But only a little later, his true vocation, his talent for painting, became apparent. The father, to whom this did not remain hidden, sent him therefore with 19 years to Pierre Jacques Cazes . But the methods with which Chardin was taught in his studio were more than tenuous. He had to copy nothing but tricks!

The young man decided to continue his apprenticeship with Noel-Nicolas-Coypel, as he hoped there more. It also aroused Chardin's interest in still life. Nevertheless, he remained true to himself and was not confined to the style of the time. Rather, his works were characterized by a particular individualism, which expressed itself through clarity and modesty. The perfection of his compositions was the most important, even more than the themes themselves. Hardly any painter could breathe life into his paintings. He also never had to travel around to get inspiration in distant lands. Chardin gained great fame with his genre paintings and still lifes, in which he mainly used the French bourgeoisie as a basis. His paintings, perfected to perfection, radiate concentration and calm that is second to none. Moreover, a few years later he was admitted to the Paris Academy as a so-called animal and fruit painter and became a member of the Luke Guild. In 1731 Chardin finally Marguerite Saintard, whom he had met in 1724, marry. Due to the poor financial situation of Chardin, the wedding had already been postponed years before. But even now the two lacked generous dowry. Instead, Chardin had to look for another source of income, which he found with Jean-Baptiste van Loo , a French painter of the Rococo. For him Chardin had to restore works by Francesco Primaticcio . In 1735, however, Chardin's wife, with whom he had two children, died (Jean-Pierre and Maguerite-Agnès).

Before Jean Siméon Chardin tormented bile problems at an advanced age and diminished his eyesight, his financial situation had changed fundamentally, as both the bourgeoisie and King Louis XV. He was one of his clients, and his relationship with Marguerite Pouget continued to improve. He was able to move into an apartment in the Louvre and got a fixed pension from the king. He also became treasurer of the Academy. Due to his health difficulties, he began now with the pastel painting. Nevertheless, the orders were less, his opponents increasingly took over his duties and his salary shrank. Finally, in 1779, Chardin was almost blind and died in Paris. © Meisterdrucke


Le Benedicite, c.1740, detail
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