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Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin
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Artist
    (November 2, 1699-December 6, 1779)
    Born in Paris, France
    Famous for paintings, mostly still lifes, depicting 18th Century bourgeois life in Paris
    Joined the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture (1728)
    Paintings include 'The Buffet' (1728), 'Woman Sealing a Letter' (1733), 'Child with Top' (1738), 'Woman Cleaning Turnips' (1738), 'Back from the Market' (1739), 'The Young Schoolmistress' (1740), 'Still Life with Glass Flask and Fruit' (1750), 'Still Life with Dead Pheasant and Hunting Bag' (1760), 'A Basket of Strawberries' (1761), and 'The Silver Cup' (1769)
    Became treasurer for the Salon in Paris (1755)
    Died in Paris
    Aside from short trips to Versailles and Fontainebleau, he never left Paris.
    The 'Baptiste' in his name seemed to be a scribe's error, so he was confusingly referred to as Jean-Siméon as well.
    He often used dark tones in his paintings.
    His rank in the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture is 'Painter of Animals and Fruit', which was considered the lowest rank in the Academy.
    Starting in 1761, his job at the Salon as treasurer and exhibition manager reduced his productivity in painting.
    He was quickly forgotten at the time of his death, and it wasn't until the mid-19th Century when he regained his fame.
    His paintings of still lifes and domestic scenes have gained critical acclaim for their realism and calm atmosphere.
    He depicted the subject matter of his paintings with dignity despite their simplicity.
    Despite the lowly status of his paintings, he managed to have patrons from aristocrats and even Louis XV himself.
    His first wife and daughter died within a span of two years. (1735-1737)
    His daughter from a second marriage would also die at the age of 2. (1746)
    His eyesight began to fail him during his later life.
    His son drowned himself in Venice. (1772)

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