Still Life with Peaches, a Silver Goblet, Grapes, and Walnuts

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Still Life with Peaches, a Silver Goblet, Grapes, and Walnuts


Jean-Siméon Chardin (French, 1699 - 1779)




about 1759 - 1760


Oil on canvas


38.1 x 46.7 cm (15 x 18 3/8 in.)

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"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," wrote Denis Diderot of Jean-Siméon Chardin in his Salon review of 1765. In still lifes, genre scenes, and the occasional portrait, Chardin's skill at rendering the visual and tactile qualities of simple objects won him the admiration of critics like Diderot.

In this small still life, Chardin portrayed a modest subject--three walnuts, four peaches, two bunches of grapes, and a pewter mug--but gave the objects monumentality by arranging them in pure geometric groupings and concentrating on their basic forms. He suggested the objects' various textures and substances through the play of light across surfaces and successive applications of paint. In this way, Chardin conveyed the fuzzy skin of the peaches, the hard, brittle shell of the walnuts, the translucence of the grapes, and the heavy, cold exterior of the pewter mug.

by 1763 - 1778

Possibly Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne II, French, 1704 - 1778 [withdrawn, Lemoyne sale, Lebrun, Godefroy, Paris, August 10, 1778, lot 26.]

1778 - 1828

Possibly Pierre-Hippolyte Lemoyne, French, 1748 - 1828 [sold, Pierre-Hippolyte Lemoyne sale, Duchesne, Paris, May 19-22, 1828, lot 62, to Charles, 360 francs.]

1828 -

Possibly Charles

Countess of Croismare (Folie de Montfermeil, France)

Maurice Massignon

by 1907 - still in 1931

Charles Masson (Paris, France), by inheritance to his son, Pierre Masson.

- about 1935

Pierre Masson (Paris, France)

- 1986

Harold Samuel, 1912 - 1987 (England), sold through Société Spiess, Paris, to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Salon of 1763 (1763) (Cat. 62; lent by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne II)
  • Salon, Palais du Louvre (Paris), 1763
Exposition rétrospective d'art français (July 3 to September 30, 1926) (Cat. 18)
  • Rijksmuseum, (Amsterdam), July 3 to September 30, 1926

Explication des peintures, sculptures, et gravures de Messieurs de l'Académie Royale [...], exh. cat. (Paris: Herrisant, 1763) p. 15, no. 62.

"Suite de la description des peintures exposées au Salon du Louvre." Mercure de France (October 1763) p. 196.

Mathon de la Cour, Charles-Joseph. Lettre à Madame *** sur les peintures, les sculptures et les gravures exposées dans le Sallon du Louvre cette année, seconde lettre (Paris: 1763) p. 12.

Le Brun, Paris. Catalogue de différens tableaux originaux, des trois écoles [...] provenans du cabinet du feu M. Lemoyne. August 10, 1778 p. 13, lot 26.

Duchesne, Paris. Catalogue de tableaux, dessins, estampes, livres d'architecture et objets de curiosité du feu Pierre-Hippolyte Lemoyne, architecte. May 19-22, 1828 p. 16, lot 62.

Dayot, Armand, and Jean Guiffrey. J.-B. Siméon Chardin (Paris: Edition d'art, 1907) p. 84, no. 180.

Furst, Herbert E. A. Chardin (London: Methuen & Co, 1911) p. 127.

Rijksmuseum. Exposition rétrospective d'art français, exh. cat. (Amsterdam: Musée de l'état, 1926) p. 25, no. 18.

Wildenstein, Georges. Chardin (Paris: Les Beaux-Arts, Edition d'études et de documents, 1933) p. 215, no. 793.

Faré, Michel. La nature morte en France: Son histoire et son évolution du XVIIe au XXe siècle. 2 vols. (Geneva: Pierre Cailler, 1962) vol. 1, pp. 164, 333n607.

Wildenstein, Georges. Chardin (Zurich: Manesse,1963) pp. 61, 207, no. 321, fig. 149.

Diderot, Denis. Salons. Jean Seznec and Jean Adhémar, eds. 4 vols. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957-67) vol. 4 (1967), pp. 138-40.

Wildenstein, Georges, and Daniel Wildenstein. Chardin: Catalogue raisonné. Rev. ed. Stuart Gilbert, trans. (Oxford: Cassirer, 1969) p. 215, no. 321.

Rosenberg, Pierre. Chardin 1699-1779, exh. cat. (Paris: Grand Palais, 1979) p. 322.

Rosenberg, Pierre. Chardin 1699-1779, exh. cat. Emilie P. Kadish and Ursula Korneitchouk, trans. (Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1979) p. 322.

Opperman, Hal. "Review of Pierre Rosenberg, Chardin 1699-1769." Eighteenth-Century Studies 13, no. 3 (1980) p. 329, no. 321.

Rosenberg, Pierre. Tout l'oeuvre peint de Chardin (Paris: Flammarion, 1983) p. 106, no. 153, ill.

Leonard, Mark. "Treatment of an Unlined Chardin Still Life." In American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works: Preprints of papers presented at the fifteenth annual meeting, Vancouver... (Washington, DC: AIC, 1987) pp. 211-12.

Rosenberg, Pierre. "Chardin Studies." The Burlington Magazine 129, no. 1007 (February 1987) p. 116.

"Principales acquisitions des musées en 1987." La chronique des arts: Supplément à la Gazette des beaux-arts, 6th ser., 111, no. 1430 (March 1988) p. 65.

Sotheby's, New York. Important Old Master Paintings. January 17, 1992 lot 65.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) p. 2, ill.

Stafford, Barbara Maria. Visual Analogy: Consciousness as the Art of Connecting (Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press, 1999) p. 157, ill.

Rosenberg, Pierre, and Renaud Temperini. Chardin, suivi du catalogue des oeuvres (Paris: Flammarion, 1999) p. 268, no. 154.

Richard Green Galleries. The Spirit of Impressionism (London: Richard Green, 2003) unpaginated, ill.

Armstrong, Carol. Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2004) pp. 53-54, fig. 23.

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