Thursday, 6 January 2011

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

Making the ordinary look extraordinary. This is what Chardin did. A true master of the still life, even though it wasn’t a popular subject at the time. There is something reverent about these objects of his. Lovingly rendered and light and shadow, grounding all the objects.

His compositions work well and even though he often puts one object dead-center, it is carefully balanced by the other objects.
I think his paintings embody the meaning of still life. There is a tremendous silence about his painting, even though the objects are vibrant with life.

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