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Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

French Painter

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Movement: The Rococo

Born: November 2, 1699 - Paris, France

Died: December 6, 1779 - Paris, France

"I must forget everything I have seen, and even forget the way such objects have been treated by others."

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Few artists in history have painted inanimate objects with such intricacy or luminosity so as to incite emotional reactions. With a less than straightforward trajectory to fame and success, and his name all but forgotten by the time of his death, Chardin's later rediscovery cemented his reputation as one of the most celebrated of all still life painters. At the time he was working, still life painting was one of the least-acclaimed disciplines: genre and history painting were seen as the ultimate demonstration of artistic ability and anything else was frequently dismissed as merely 'craft'. Persisting in his modern, realist style throughout his career, Chardin's subversive attitude has since awarded him the status of an icon for many modern and contemporary artists.

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