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Post Card: "Basket of Plums" by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

Post Card: "Basket of Plums" by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

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Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin
(French, 1699-1779)
Basket of Plums, 1765
Oil on canvas
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. 71.506

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  • Requires First Class Letter Postage to mail
  • Product type: Postcard
  • Shipping Dimensions: 5.0 × 7.0
    (12.7 × 17.8 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 0.02 lb (0.3 oz; 8 g)
  • SKU010008059 | UPC: 2022002

About the Artist, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

In the art academies of eighteenth-century Europe, painters of historical and religious themes were valued far more highly than those who devoted themselves to the "minor subjects" of genre, landscape, and still life. Yet, the most inspired interpreters of the minor subjects could achieve considerable fame in their lifetimes and genuine immortality in the annals of art history. One such genius was Chardin, who was among the most revered painters of still life and genre in mid-eighteenth-century Paris. Championed particularly by the influential philosopher and art critic Denis Diderot (d. 1784), Chardin enjoyed both official and popular success. He was an honored member of the Académie Royale and a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon, and his paintings were avidly collected by a newly affluent French middle class.

In his later still lifes, Chardin abandoned his earlier interest in the meticulous delineation of texture and detail and concentrated on more profound visual elements. Color and volume, half-light and highlight, the broad compositional interplay of solid and void—these became the underlying concerns of his mature still lifes.

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