The man who has not realized the difficulty of art never does anything worthwhile; the man who realizes it too soon does nothing at all.
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|Birth:||2nd November, 1699|
|Death:||6th December, 1779|
Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin was born in Paris, France. He was a French painter. He studied at Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris, and Royal Academy of Arts in London. He served apprenticeships with the history painters Pierre-Jacques Cazes and Noël-Nicolas Coypel, and in 1724 became a master in the Académie de Saint-Luc. His worked very slowly and painted only slightly more than 200 pictures total. His work had little in common with the Rococo painting that dominated French art in the 18th century. He favored simple yet beautifully textured still lifes, and sensitively handled domestic interiors and genre paintings. In the 1770s his eyesight weakened and he took to painting in pastels, a medium in which he executed portraits of his wife and himself. His works in pastels are now highly valued. Chardin's extant paintings, which number about 200, are in many major museums, including the Louvre.
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