280 years ago today, Jean-Baptiste Chardin exhibited this touching reflection on childhood, the inconstancy of love (note the Queen of Hearts sticking out of the drawer) and transience in general at the French Salon. It was the first ever public exhibition of contemporary French art to take place at the @MuseeLouvre and became a major event at which the leading living French artists competed for critical and public approval. Chardin exhibited seven works in the 1737 Salon. Best known for his deceptively simple still-lives which were admired by later artists such as Manet, Cezanne and Morandi, Chardin also painted numerous scenes from everyday life, such as this, usually with some sort of moral undertone.
This painting was bought by Andrew Mellon in 1930-31 as part of one of the greatest art world deals of the twentieth century. @matthiesengallery, @colnaghi1760 and Knoedler bought from cash-poor Stalin’s Russian government a trove of masterpieces by Van Eyck, Raphael and Rembrandt to name a few. The deal was financed by Andrew Mellon who had first pick, giving the galleries a 25% profit. That included this Chardin House of Cards which had been owned by Empress Catherine the Great. Mellon gave all 17 paintings he bought to the @ngadc in 1937.
Image: Jean Siméon Chardin (French, 1699 - 1779), The House of Cards, probably 1737, oil on canvas, 82.2 x 66 cm (32 3/8 x 26 in.)
Antoine Vollon, Still Life (A Bowl of Raisins,a Pear, and a Covered Bowl),ca.1870
Vollon began his career as a painter in Paris around 1859. As a proponent of Realism, he challenged academic conventions that deemed still life the least important academic genre, He revitalized still life paining by invoking Jean-Simeon Chardin (1699-1779), whose intimately scaled images of humble domestic objects were celebrated for their illusionistic realism. Likewise, Vollon skillfully rendered the interplay of light and shade across modest groupings of familiar objects; such homage contributed to a "Chardin Revival" among his avant-garde peers, including Edouard Monet #vallon#stilllife#raisins#pear#chardin#french#painting#virginia#museum#finearts#nartblog#artjournal#artspirit#NinaMdivani
Bizi biz yapan, olaylara içimizdeki hangi Sultan'la karşılık verdiğimizdir. En temel niteliklerimiz olan masumiyet, bilgelik, alçakgönüllülük ve neşe aynı zamanda en kolay yitirdiklerimiz... Ancak bu özelliklerini kaybetmemiş bir ressam böylesi bir trajediye bu karşılığı verebilir.
Şimdi tekrar bakın:
Yeşil bitki; hayat, enerji... Çocuklar; kendi çocukları... Taş pencere; hayatın değişmeyen katı yasalarına tabi olduğumuza dair.... Biraz sonra sönecek sabun köpüğü; hayatın sembolü... Ressam bu resmi yaptığında karısı çok hastadır ve bir süre sonra ölecektir.
Happy Bastille Day. 🇫🇷 This is Chardin's profoundly human self-portrait from c.1776 and here is Proust writing about this very same work in his recently republished essay 'Chardin and Rembrandt' as part of an excellent series by @davidzwirnerbooks: 'From now on I hope that in the street or at home you will incline with respectful interest towards these worn-out individuals who, if you can decipher them, will tell you infinitely more - more vividly and compellingly, too - than the most venerable manuscripts.' #proust#chardin#selfportrait @artinstitutechi #artinstituteofchicago#davidzwirnerbooks