Jean Baptiste Chardin, Master of the intimate still life
29 days ago - By Chez Namaste Nancy
A basket piled high with wild strawberries, and two white carnations, in 1761. Painted by Chardin, who was born OTD in 1699. It is common to say of Chardin's still lifes that his attention invests the quotidian and simple with a dignity that renders them, against the currents of painting in his time, exquisite and apt subjects for art. Marcel Proust, in an early essay contrasting Chardin with Rembrandt, begins with a narrative sequence of a young man disgusted by the degraded, common stuff of his domestic life, who then, seeking elevation in the Louvre, discovers it not in the great heroic...
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