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Discoveries: Chardin: An Intimate Art (Discoveries (Harry Abrams)) Paperback – May 1, 2000
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Chardin did not do history painting, the genre most admired in his day. Rather he perfected the "minor" genre of still life, as well as producing modest genre scenes from everyday life. In following his own path, he became a precursor of modern art.
Chardin broke the bonds that were stifling artistic expression in eighteenth-century France. This book gives the clearest explanation I've ever encountered of Académie Royale de Peinture -- how it arose and how it controlled the careers of French artists, formed the taste of critics and buyers, and influenced collections worldwide.
The authors discuss Chardin's avoidance of amorous scenes, sentimental subjects, and moral messages in favor of quiet, timeless images of domestic life. They explore his ability to capture the mystery of things through intense observation. They reveal how he achieved his effects of transparency and luminosity.
Why did Chardin avoid the use of trompe l'oeil and perspective (so popular in his day)? Why did he avoid preparatory drawings? Why was his output so small (less than 300 painting over sixty years)? Why did he turn from oil painting to pastel portraits in the last ten years of his life? These questions too are discussed.
For a small book, the reproductions are quite good.
I purchased this as I have been painting still life like the old Master's...I am not disappointed.