Jean Simeon Chardin A Basket of Peaches
The son of a humble French carpenter, the meteoric rise of Jean Simeon Chardin was one of the rare and exemplary success stories of pre-Revolutionary Paris. His work was elevated to the heights of both contemporary fame and intellectual esteem when, in 1765, the Enlightenment thinker and embryonic art critic Denis Diderot said to the artist of his work: “It is the air and light you take with the tip of your brush and fix to your canvas . . . [your work] exists between nature and art.” Diderot's comment was made in his review of the Paris Salon of 1765, just one year before the first exhibition of Chardin's still life masterpiece A Basket of Peaches. As word spread that the founder and editor of the iconic Encyclopédie felt the ageing artist's work was still worthy of such praise the courtly circles again flocked to offer further patronage for the artist's work.
Yet, this canonization of the sanguine figure occurred late in what was already a lengthy and successful career. Having first exhibited at the Salon of 1737, Chardin became deeply integrated into the administrative functioning of the Paris Salon until he was finally granted a sizeable pension from King Louis XV in 1752. Indeed, Diderot's fascination with Chardin's eloquent and effervescent techniques and balance of scenography began over a decade before A Basket of Peaches, and in many cases fed the development of his core Enlightenment tenets. But like many men of his birth status with a taste for the artistic life Chardin started out painting bar signs and shop advertisements. Turning to still life paintings from an early age, the artist took a two-decade gap painting genre canvases, and in so doing established a firm reputation in the Parisian art scene.
A Basket of Peaches is a stark and poignant work that glorifies the everyday. His sight failing him, Chardin took up pastels and from then on his still lifes took on the transcendent beauty of the Impressionist paintings that would follow over a century later. In an age of bombast, triumphant and resplendent images of wealth and war, and vanity, Chardin painted textures, humble animals and life forms, and everyday objects as monumental forms of beauty and contemplation. His publicly admired paintings were immensely private visions, ushering in a meditative sensibility with regard to things and forms that would shape future French thinkers such as Marcel Proust, as well as generations of painters who preferred to suggest to their viewers rather than demand.
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