Collection: Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin was an 18th-century French painter known for his still-life paintings, genre scenes, and portraits. Born in Paris in 1699, Chardin initially trained as an engraver but soon turned to painting. He gained recognition for his depictions of everyday objects, such as fruit, vegetables, and kitchen utensils, which he painted with a meticulous and realistic technique. Chardin's paintings were highly sought after by collectors and he was admitted to the prestigious Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1728. He went on to create many celebrated works, including "The Governess" and "The Ray," and was widely regarded as one of the most talented painters of his time. Despite his success, Chardin struggled financially throughout his career, and died in relative obscurity in 1779. Today, his paintings are highly valued for their masterful technique and insight into 18th-century French life.