The language of magic in Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin’s food still lifes Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Lee, Hyejin
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History
  • In this thesis, I interpret Chardin's still lifes of fresh fruit and baked goods from the 1750s and 1760s as statements on the art of painting. In doing so, I propose a new approach to still life paintings as works of art that merit attention not only for their display of the artist's pictorial technique but also for the cultural and aesthetic significance of their subject matters. I explore the implications of eighteenth-century art critics' evocation of magic in their praise of Chardin's still lifes through close visual analysis of these paintings and investigations of nouvelle cuisine and eighteenth-century aesthetic theories. The painted objects and technique in these works closely correspond to the eighteenth-century concept of natural magic as creating extraordinary effects through an intense study of nature. As artificial constructions, these works and the nouvelle cuisine they evoke also visualize the contemporary notion of truth in illusion.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Art."
  • Sheriff, Mary D.
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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