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Chardin Hardcover – 6 Mar 2000

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (6 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300083483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300083484
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 3.7 x 31.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pierre Rosenberg is director of the Louvre Museum, Paris.


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At the end of one of the most rewarding climbs in art appreciation is the top floor of the Louvre where, amongst other delights, there are several (usually quiet) rooms where you will find a good number of the works of Jean-Simeon Chardin. Many of those works appear here. Given that it is now fifteen years since the great exhibition described by this catalogue, and twenty years before that its predecessor, this work is of critical importance in collecting together, making accessible and placing in context the sublime work of this artist. Just how pivotal he is can be conveyed by looking at his "Woman sealing a Letter" - which takes the viewer straight to Vermeer on the one hand, and any of the rabbit/hare images - which take you straight down to Manet on the other (I think of a painting tucked away in a delightful little gallery in Avignon). The images in this volume are beautifully curated (if I may put it that way) and very well reproduced - and interspersed among the plates are "detail" images on a large scale. The essays range widely, long on insight and short on pretension, and point through their notes to all sorts of other sources. This book is a treasury of inspiration.
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This exhibition catalogue published in 2000 is still an essential resource on the work of Chardin.

It provides information about individual works selected for display as old-fashion catalogues used to do, with a comprehensive discussion, provenance, exhibition history, bibliography and related works.

The numerous plates figuring all exhibited works makes this catalogue a very enjoyable publication since the quality of reproduction and printing is very good.

Pierre Rosenberg, Preface, 14-17;
Florence Bruyant, Chronology, 19-25;
Pierre Rosenberg, 'Chardin: The Unknowing Subversive?', 27-35;
Marie-Laure de Rochebrune, 'Ceramics and Glass in Chardin's Paintings', 37-53;
Antoine Schnapper, 'Chardin's Property and Sources of Income', 55-59;
Katie Scott, 'Chardin Multiplied', 61-75;
Colin B. Bailey, 'Anglo-Saxon Attitudes: Recent Writings on Chardin, 77-97;
René Démoris, 'Chardin and the Far Side of Illusion', 99-109;

Pierre Rosenberg, Catalogue:
Chardin's Beginnings and His First Still-Lifes, 113;
Utensils and Household Objects, and First Commissions, 157;
Genre Scenes, 185;
Chardin's Return to Still-Life Painting, 257;
The Pastels, 321;
List of Exhibitions and Bibliography, 332;
Index of names, 348;
Index of Works, 351;
Photo credits, 355.
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I wanted a brief survey of Chardin's life and works, this was sufficient for my purposes, I thought the images reproduced well.
Well written and researched, a warm report.
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Chardin is my favourite painter so I was a bit disappointed to discover that instead of a thick paperback a small leaflet. That being so it is a little gem of information and rather well written.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very satisfying book 29 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have to disagree with the above editorial. I compared the reproductions with others that I have, and although there are sometimes subtle differences they are not always to the disadvantage of this book. Some pictures are better than others, but the advantage here is that each reproduction is on a page by itself with commentary on an adjoining page-a catalogue layout that I always prefer in that it give the painting room to breathe and because I'm not reading on one page and finding the relevant painting six pages later. The book is obviously done by true lovers of the painter. Chardin is profound and a painter's painter. You can see and feel why he was adored by Cezanne, Soutine, Manet, Proust, and I'm sure many other significant artists. He has rightly been called a virtuoso of stillness. Even in reproduction, pieces of fruit, kitchenware and game animals are alive and quietly glowing from within with a warmth, compassion and a kind of subtle majesty-it's really deep in an indescribable way. In my opinion a very worthwhile purchase.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon mistake 7 Dec. 2010
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This review refers to book ISBN-13: 978-1177899291, entitled "Chardin" and sold for $13.85. It is published by Nabu Public Domain Reprints.

I was led to believe from the listing on Amazon that I was ordering the paperback version of the wonderful catalog of the 1999 Chardin Exhibition authored by Pierre Rosenberg and Helene Prigent on the 300th anniversary of Chardin's birth and published in hardcover by Yale University Press in 2000 (ISBN-13: 978-0300083484). The book I received was published by Nabu Press on November 26, 2010 (the day of my order) and is related to the 1999 Chardin Exhibition Catalog ONLY by the fact that both books bear the title "Chardin".

I received the book on December 6, 2010. It is a thin print-on-demand paperback photo-reproduction of Part 65 of "Masters in Art - A Series of Illustrated Monographs" published in May, 1905. It includes pages 191 to 210 of that monograph, plus some antique advertisements and 10 black and white poor-quality reproductions of Chardin paintings. Apparently these pages were copied from a book that at one time was owned the University of California Library.

Amazon's listing for this book is very misleading. When one clicks on the "Look Inside" link for this book, one sees Rosenberg's 1999 Chardin Exhibition catalog. Further, the Editorial Reviews are for the Rosenberg book, not this one. This is obviously a mistake caused by confusing the identical titles and created by the Amazon staff in representing the book. It needs to be corrected.

I am returning the Nabu Press book for a refund.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 26 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is simply gorgeous. I had been well acquainted with Chardin a number of years ago, and picked up this book on a whim at the store. Rediscovering this master was a true delight. His paintings are deceptively simple: behind the cool colors and the measured scenes lies a captivating energy. This particular volume is very well done. The reproductions are of superior quality and the accompanying essays by the world's most renowned Chardin expert are enjoyable and enlightening. Art books are expensive, but this is one that is well worth the investment.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So beautiful! 16 Dec. 2007
By Mrs. Pink - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bought this primarily for the color photos of Chardin's work. If you like traditional still life
paintings, you'll love this.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars additional information to editorial above 20 May 2007
By ArBeeGee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just wanted to add this to the review above: the 1979 catalog can still be found quite easily, but it contains mostly black and white reproductions of the works. There are only 23 colour images of the more than 400 pages in the 1979 book. The 2000 catalog is almost entirely in colour... However, I cannot properly judge the quality of the reproductions in the latter, as I have not seen one of those amazing paintings in reality yet.
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