Jean-Siméon Chardin

The Return from the Market

1738
Chardin’s acute awareness of the nature of things endowed his representations of ordinary objects with a serenity and timeless dignity that ultimately raised still-life painting to a new and respected plane. The same tender observation of everyday occurrences is evident in these two genre scenes. In "The Return from the Market", the housekeeper deposits bread and a leg of lamb in the pantry while listening in on the conversation at the open door. Likewise, in "The Governess", beyond the door another world awaits the young boy, listening thoughtfully, his lesson books in hand and his toys abandoned on the floor.
Title
The Return from the Market
Date
1738
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
46.7 x 37.5 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1956
Accession number
6433