Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin is an 18th-century French painter who was highly skilled in still life and genre paintings. One of his famous artworks is ‘The Leftovers of a Lunch, also called the Silver Goblet.’ This painting depicts a simple scene with a silver goblet as the main subject. It reflects Chardin’s fascination with the play of light and reflections on smooth surfaces.
The painting features a silver goblet and a glass carafe, indicating elevated social status during that time. These objects were most likely owned by the artist himself. The fruit in the painting serves not only as decoration but also adds natural warmth to this otherwise sterile arrangement.
Chardin’s technical skill is evident in his use of layered brushstrokes and thin glazes, which create an uncannily realistic texture on the silver and glassware surfaces. The thick brushstrokes allow for intricate details while the glaze offers luminous depth to capture even minute reflections accurately.
Denis Diderot aptly described Chardin’s work as being “between nature and art.” His style elevates ordinary objects into extraordinary subjects while showcasing his unparalleled skills in capturing minute details. ‘The Leftovers of a Lunch’ demonstrates Chardin’s ability to create a compelling narrative out of everyday things that people often take for granted.