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Jean-Baptiste Chardin

Born: Paris, 1 November 1699
Died: Paris, 6 December 1779
Nationality: French
Background: 

affluent family of artisans

Studies: 

with history painter Pierre-Jacques Cazes (1718-20); with history painter Nicolas Coypel (1720-21); Académie Royale

Career: 

1728 – becomes Académie Royale full member (still life painter) based on acceptance of The Buffet (Louvre, Paris) and The Ray-fish (Louvre)
-admired by Denis Diderot

Travels

Rome

Important Artworks: 

The Governess, 1739 (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa) 

Saying Grace, 1740 (Louvre)  

Self-Portrait (Louvre)