Wild Strawberries, by Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin (1699-1799)
Chardin was born in Paris, the son of a cabinetmaker, and rarely left the city. Chardin painted humble scenes that deal with simple, everyday activities. He used blocky simple forms perfectly organized in space, and few colors, mostly earth tones. He was a master of textures, shapes, and the soft diffusion of light. Largely self-taught, he was greatly influenced by the realism and subject matter of the 17th-century Low Country masters. Today his paintings hang in the Louvre and other major museums. He is much admired for his still life work and portraiture in pastels. He was one of Henri Matisse's most admired painters.
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