Vegetables for the Soup

Jean-Siméon Chardin (French, 1699-1779)

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This is one of the numerous small paintings of ordinary household subjects done by Chardin in the early 1730s. He frequently made use of the same repertory of objects - a copper pot, skimmer, glazed clay pitcher, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, turnips - in other compositions. There is a profound orderliness and harmony in these arrangements of utensils and vegetables and a sense of moral certitude in their rustic simplicity. Such values were prized by the rising middle class, who made up most of Chardin's patrons.

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Object Information

Jean-Siméon Chardin (French, 1699-1779)
creation date
about 1732
oil on canvas
12-1/4 x 15-3/8 in.
16 x 19-7/8 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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