A concise and concentrated selection of genre scenes and servant paintings by the master of the still life, Jean-Siméon Chardin, brought together for the first time.

Chardin was held in high esteem by his contemporaries in 18th century France, including the eminent salon critic Denis Diderot. Rejecting the florid excesses and mythological subjects which typified the art of his time, Chardin instead captured moments of quiet concentration and absorption in simple, everyday activities. His works have a static, reflective quality which gained him the nickname 'the painter of silence' in his own lifetime, but also attracted the admiration of many artists of later eras, including Cézanne and Matisse.That these works are to be shown at Waddesdon Manor is not insignificant, as the Rothschild family, who had the property built, have also been some of the most important collectors of Chardin's work, and recently acquired one of his paintings for their private collection.

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH

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