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Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin


He is not one of the most famous French painters, but Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin at his best seems to me to catch the beauty and dignity of France in the decades leading up to the Revolution. And this painting, Girl Holding a Shuttlecock, is my favorite of his works. The freshness of the subject, her lack of self-consciousness, and her plain attire herald a France turning away from Baroque excess towards a more modern view of the world. Enjoy!       RT


Image: Girl Holding a Shuttlecock. Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin. WikiCmns. Public Domain.

  1. January 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    One of my most loved painters — I have prints of all his portraits and this is one of my favourites, too. The simplicity of both style and subject charm me.

    And, thank you for the Occupy post. I visited the 99% web site and am blown away and excited at the possibilities, even if nothing comes to fruition. have sent the link on to several people.


    • February 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      m: sorry for the slow response–January’s been kind of complicated. Glad to hear you’re a fellow Chardin enthusiast. The Occupy link was emailed by a friend–I think the convention could focus people’s attention on some of the real (& fixable) problems the country faces. People certainly seem to be enthusiastic about it. RT

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