Bourgeois or Galant: Chardin and the Question of Fashion
Denise Amy Baxter, interim associate dean and associate professor of art history, Department of Art Education and Art History, University of North Texas, Denton
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:30 PM
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About this lecture series: These lectures, part of a continuing series, introduce the permanent collection and selected exhibitions on view at the Kimbell.
About this lecture: The works of Jean Siméon Chardin remain as poignant to contemporary viewers as they were at the time of their creation. The philosopher and art critic Denis Diderot referred to Chardin’s painting as “truthful” and as “nature itself.” This talk will examine Chardin’s genre production within a critical literature that has alternately regarded it as depicting bourgeois morality or, more recently, galant fashion, looking in particular at the depiction of dress within Chardin’s work in relation to French genre painting of the 1720s-30s.
Free; no reservations required. Seating is limited.