Painting Sausage for Louis XV


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Jean Simeon Chardin started as a painter of still life. Around 1733 he switched over to portrait. His portraits are renown for their psychological intensity; and we could say that their stillness is the stillness of a still life. As for the quiet drama behind each composition, it could probably be traced to the following anecdote. Joseph Aved was upset about how little he got paid for his portraits. Chardin, trying to be consolatory, said that when Aved got a little more famous, he would certainly be able to earn a lot more. “I wouldn’t fuss about it as much,” answered Aved, ” if a portrait were as easy to paint as sausage.” From there on Chardin stopped painting still life and switched over to portrait.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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