365 Days of Art: November 2 – Chardin is Born

Chardin, The Silver Goblet, 1769

Chardin, The Silver Goblet, 1769

November 2, 1699

French still life master Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin is born. Unlike many still life paintings full of elaborate and expensive objects, the beauty in a Chardin still life comes from the simplicity of the objects. They are made for use by real people: everyday bowls, simple fruits, plain wooden tables and plain but shiny pitchers.