"Chardin" by Pierre Rosenberg

Chardin Pierre Rosenberg

Publication date:
28 Apr 2000
Yale University Press
360 pages:

?This volume provides a comprehensive evaluation of the work of the artist. . . . Highly recommended for both academic and art libraries as well as for general book collections.??Library Journal

?Informative. . . . Though relatively little is known about Chardin?s life (he lead a quiet existence and never traveled farther from Paris than suburban Versailles and Fontainebleau) or his method of working (he left no preparatory sketches or drawings), the catalog contains surprisingly elaborate discourses on the domestic artifacts he depicted and on the minutiae of his financial affairs.??Francine Prose, Wall Street Journal

?Exemplary in its scholarship, this [is a] impressive, lavish volume.??Day by Day

?Excellent. . . . No question, Chardin was one of the greatest artists who ever picked up a brush.??Robert Hughes, Time Magazine

?Chardin?s paintings leave us gasping for explanations. . . . With Chardin, magic seemed to have become an everyday matter.??Paul Starr, New Republic

?A splendid survey of a sensitive artist whose masterpieces of everyday 18th-century life are sometimes overlooked.??Herbert Kupferberg, Parade

?Even to his contemporaries there seemed to be something magical about Chardin?s still lifes. . . . Not the least of Rosenberg?s virtues as a humane and attentive guide is his generous quoting of other voices.??Christopher Benfey, The New York Times Book Review

?[A] beautifully illustrated catalogue. . . . Chardin, as Julien Green says, makes other painters look like liars, and the works illustrated here?above all the still-life paintings?reminds us that this is so.??Virginia Quarterly Review