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Lady with a Bird-Organ, 1753(?)
oil on canvas (lined)
Overall: 20 x 17 in. (50.8 x 43.2 cm)
Purchased by The Frick Collection, 1926
Accession number: 1926.1.22
East Gallery (119)
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As the final example of Chardin’s depictions of figures in interiors, the Lady with a Bird-Organ contrasts markedly with his earlier images of robust servants whose simple forms dominate their picture space. Different too are the porcelain-like finish of this picture (albeit abraded) and its muted, silvery coloration. One might almost assume that the artist felt obliged to be on his best behavior in presenting his work to his monarch, but these qualities are actually deliberate echoes of seventeenth-century Dutch masters then much in vogue.
Source: Art in The Frick Collection: Paintings, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996.
Source: Paintings in The Frick Collection: French, Italian and Spanish. Volume II. New York: The Frick Collection, 1968.