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293pp. Good hard cover with thick dust jacket in very good condition other than a slight fold near the bottom of the front. 292 illustrations, 146 in colour. 1996 Thames & Hudson edition from the original French 1994 edition. The book is very clean and beautifully illustrated.
Michel examines the life and paintings of perhaps the finest genre and still-life artist of 18th century France. She analyzes Chardin's critical reception and places him in the context of the artistic life of his time.
Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin, the still-life artist of 18th-century France, was born in Paris in 1699. Having received no formal training, he rose to become one of the most highly-regarded painters of his lifetime, his work widely exhibited and sought by the rich and famous. His still-lifes, composed of simple elements, are exceptional in their depth of tone and striking in their directness. The genre scenes depict the domesticity of everyday bourgeois life, unsentimentalized and unidealized.;This monograph reproduces a selection of 128 paintings, focussing on particular sections in enlarged detail to highlight texture and technique. A selection of prints and works by Chardin's contemporaries is also included. The book is divided into two sections, examining first the life of the artist and then the paintings themselves. Each area of Chardin's oeuvre is discussed in detail and he is placed in the context of the artistic life of the time.
- Roland Michel, Marianne
- Very good
- Thames & Hudson
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