Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (1699 - 1779): Girl with5/29/2021, 3:04:12 PM
Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (1699 - 1779): Girl with Racket and Shuttlecock, c. 1740,oil on canvas, 81 × 64 cm (31.8 × 25.1 in), Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy . . . Here, this time, we have the portrait of a girl by Rococo painter, Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin. Her flushed cheeks, with a badminton racket and a shuttlecock in her hand, suggest that this neat child of upper middle class is returning from a rousing game of badminton, which caused powder from her hair to fall on her shoulders. She wears wide panniers on either side of her brown day dress, protected by an apron. Small sewing scissors and a pin cushion hang from her belt. The tones of the work are soft and subtle. The pink skin of the character is flat and makes a contrast with the texture of the skirt. Looking at her red cheeks, we see the innocence of the girl who, with an impatient look, seems tired to pose for the artist. It would seem like, the only interest she has, is to go out and play.