French painter of the Rocco period
Chardin is known best for his still life paintings and depicting the of ordinary life - domestic, quiet and undramatic and of children (such as the one above "Girl with Racket"). Even though an artist during the Rocco period his work is very different to other Rocco painters of the time - which was very ordinate and sophisticated. In contrast, the works of Chardin was very simple (restrained) which made him a minor player of the times.
"Game of Knuckle bone" 1734
"Self portrait" 1771
In total he painted around 200 paintings. In his old age, Chardin gave up oil painting in favor of pastels because of his failing eyesight. The best of these pastels were self-portraits and portraits of his wife. Unappreciated at the time, these pastels are now highly valued. He died on the 8th of December.
"Grapes and Pomegranates"
"Still life" 1732