|Dates||1699 - 1779|
Unlike François Boucher, with whom he shared many patrons, Chardin was not interested in the superficial; it was the very essence of objects and the underlying humanity of his figures that he evoked with tiny slabs of saturated paint. "We use colors," said Chardin, "but we paint with our feelings."
A Parisian carpenter's son, Chardin learned from a modest artist and began by painting signposts for tradesmen and details in other artists' works. His work was "discovered" in 1728 by Nicolas de Largillière at an outdoor show, and Chardin was immediately admitted for membership in the