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

Object Details

Title:

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

Artist/Maker(s):

Jean-Siméon Chardin (French, 1699 - 1779)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1759 - 1760

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

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.

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Possibly Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne II, French, 1704 - 1778 [withdrawn, Lemoyne sale, Lebrun, Godefroy, Paris, August 10, 1778, lot 26.]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

Exhibitions
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
Bibliography
Education Resources

Education Resource

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Grades

Format

Still-Life Painting: Arranging Nature–Lesson 1

This lesson plan explores still-life painting. Students define the genre and practice watercolor technique.

Visual Arts

9-12

Two-Part Lesson

Still-Life Painting: Arranging Nature–Lesson 2

This lesson plan explores still-life painting. Students create a still-life painting in watercolor from direct observation.

Visual Arts

9-12

Two-Part Lesson

Still-Life Painting: Arranging Nature–Lesson 3

This lesson plan explores still-life painting. Students paint a still life in an opaque medium and write an artist's statement.

Visual Arts

9-12

Two-Part Lesson

How to Draw a Still Life

Lesson in which students learn about still life paintings and write a detailed description of a still life.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts

3-5

Three/Five-Part Lesson

How Artists Assemble Still Lifes

In this lesson students learn about and discuss the basic shapes used in artistic compositions.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; ESL (English as a Second Language)

Adult Learners

Single Class Lesson

Shapes & Grapes: Create Poetry Using Still Lifes

Lesson in which students generate new vocabulary by discussing descriptive words and shapes in a still life painting, and then create a shape poem.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; ESL (English as a Second Language)

K-2; 3-5

Single Class Lesson

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