Chardin 'The great magician' - 18th century paintings of ordinary life

Ref: C2226138

Jean-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779) was one of the most influential artists in 18th century France. He was the son of an artisan, who spent his entire life in Paris. In 1728 the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture admitted him as a painter of animals and fruit, and from this point he was one of its most active members. Known for exquisitely naturalistic still-life and genre painting, Diderot called him a magician for his ability to bring subjects to life in paint. The simplicity of his canvases was unusual and Diderot saw his work as a refreshing contrast to what he saw as ‘frivolous’ Rococo paintings. Studying Chardin allows us to get to grips with the 18th century art world with its salons, critics and theorists.

Course aim

Jean-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779) was one of the most influential artists in 18th century France. Studying his still life and genre paintings allows us to get to grips with the Parisian art world with its salons, critics and theorists.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss the historical context on the 18th century art scene.
  • Analyse Diderot's art criticism
  • Analyse Chardin's paintings
  • Discuss art historical terminology such as 'naturalism' and 'realism'

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Chardin 'The great magician' - 18th century paintings of ordinary life

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