Jean-Siméon Chardin

The Return from the Market

1738
A servant deposits her purchases, attention divided between her task and the conversation in the room beyond. Chardin was celebrated for his paintings of domestic life among the Parisian bourgeoisie, treating these subjects with a remarkable seriousness, sensitively observing contemporary manners and dress. He favoured intimate, still moments such as this, asking us to engage deeply with the scene. Connoisseurs prized his acute sensitivity to the materials and techniques of painting – savouring the very paint itself, rich and thickly applied. While indebted to 17th-century Dutch art, Chardin’s approach is his own.
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