Still Life with Partridge and Pear, Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin
Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin
Still Life with Partridge and Pear
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Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin

Still Life with Partridge and Pear, 1748


Dimensions
39.2 x 45.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2129
Acquisition
Acquired in 1973 by Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V. in memory of Ernst Holzinger through a fundraising campaign, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display

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About the Work

This still life shows nothing more than a partridge and a pear, arranged diagonally on a stone ledge. The snare hanging over the edge goes beyond the limits of the picture and indicates, with macabre irony, how the partridge came to be the subject of a ‘nature morte’ (still life). There is something very laconic about the combination of these two objects, which Chardin has depicted with rapid, visible brushwork. This makes them a subject of pure ‘peinture’ – with no particular significance in terms of content.

About the Donation

This painting by Chardin, acquired by the Museums-Verein in 1973, represents a link between the small but remarkable collection of French paintings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the genre of still life, which can also be found in all other departments. The Städel director Ernst Holzinger, who died in 1972, had long endeavoured to acquire a painting like this by Chardin for the museum - but to no avail. Immediately after his death the museum society, founded in 1899, organised the 'Holzinger-Gedächtnis-Spende' (donation in memory of Holzinger), in order to continue Holzinger's efforts to purchase this picture. Chardin's simple, noble painting is regarded as a highlight of still-life painting.

Work Data

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Title
Still Life with Partridge and Pear
Painter
Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
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Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert an der Tischvorderkante unten links: Chardin. 1748.

Property and Acquisition

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Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1973 by Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V. in memory of Ernst Holzinger through a fundraising campaign, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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  • 47D8(ROPE) tools, aids, implements ~ crafts and industries: rope

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04.01.2019