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Jean-Siméon Chardin

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Jean-Siméon Chardin is considered the greatest still-life painter of 18th-century Paris Jean-Siméon Chardin was born in Paris on November 2, 1699, and rarely left the city. There is little information about his art education besides his apprenticeship under Pierre-Jacques Cazes and Noel-Nicholas Coypel and his eventual specialization in still lifes. In 1724, Jean-Siméon Chardin was received into the painters’ guild, the Académie de Luc. Four years later, Jean-Siméon Chardin exhibited in the Exposition de la Jeunesse and was accepted into the Royal Academy. Around 1733, Jean-Siméon Chardin transitioned away from the still lifes, which he had grown to be well-known for, and worked instead in genre painting. Both Jean-Siméon Chardin’s paintings focused on humble subjects and were intimate and serene. In 1751, he returned to his original form of still life. Jean-Siméon Chardin was extremely dedicated to the Salon and exhibited every year until his death. He served as the treasurer to the Salon for nearly twenty years and the tapisser for a shorter period of time. After he was presented to King Louis XV in 1757, Jean-Siméon Chardin was granted a studio and living quarters in the Louvre. His reputation never faded up until his death in 1779.

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