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image of Soap Bubbles Jean Siméon Chardin (artist)
French, 1699 - 1779
Soap Bubbles, probably 1733/1734
oil on canvas
overall: 93 x 74.6 cm (36 5/8 x 29 3/8 in.) framed: 116.2 x 97.8 x 11.4 cm (45 3/4 x 38 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)
Gift of Mrs. John W. Simpson
On View
From the Tour: 18th-Century France — Chardin and Portraiture
Object 1 of 11

1860Burger, W. "Exposition de tableaux de l'école français, tirés de collections amateurs." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 1st ser., 8 (1860): 234.
1863Goncourt, Edmond de, and Jules de Goncourt. "Chardin." Gazette des Beaux-Arts. 1st ser., vol 15 (1863): 524.
1864Goncourt, Edmond de, and Jules de Goncourt. "Chardin." Gazette des Beaux-Arts. 1st ser., vol 16 (1864): 151.
1867"Vente Laperlier." Chronique des Arts. no. 181 (21 April 1867):122.
1869"Exposition de 1739," in Collection des livrets des anciennes expositions. 43 vols. Paris, 1869.
1880Goncourt, Edmond de, and Jules de Goncourt. L'art du dix-huitième siècle. 2 vols. Paris, 1880: I:120.
1899Dilke, Emilia F.S., Lady. French Painters of the XVIIIth Century. London, 1899:114-115
1899Dilke, Emilia F.S., Lady. "Chardin et ses oeuvres à Potsdam et à Stockholm." Gazette des Beaux-Arts. 3rd ser., vol. 22 (September 1899):181
1907Dayot, Armand. J.-B. Siméon Chardin, avec un catalogue complete de l'oeuvre du maître par Jean Guiffrey. Paris, 1907[?]: 44,46, 60, 70; in catalogue: 28, 37, 54, 75, 90, 100.
1907Dayot, Armand and Vaillat, Leandre. L'Oeuvre de J.-B.-S. Chardin et de J.-H. Fragonard. Paris, 1907: iv, pl. 12
1931Pascal, André and Roger Gaucheron. Documents sur la vie et l'oeuvre de Chardin. Paris, 1931: 72
1933Wildenstein, Georges. Chardin. Paris, 1933: 68, 166-167, no. 134, repro.
1939The Sources of Modern Painting. Exh. cat. Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1939:19, no. 2, repro.
1939Frankfurter, Alfred M. "The Sources of Modern Painting: A Concrete Exposition by the Boston Institute of Modern Art." Art N 37 (11 March 1939): 10, repro.
1942Richardson, E.P. "Soap Bubbles by Chardin." The Art Quarterly 5 (Autumn 1942):349, repro. 348
1942"Collectors Continue Enriching the Nation." Art Digest 16 (August 1942):6, repro.
1946"The Dutch Then: Still Life and Genre." Art News 45 (March 1946):51, repro.
1948Wildenstein and Company. French XVIII Century Paintings. New York, 1948: 4
1950Denvir, Bernard. Chardin, New York, 1950: repro. 17
1951King, Marian. Portfolio Number 3. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1951: no. 6, color repro.
1956Einstein, Lewis. "Looking at French Eighteenth Century Pictures in Washington." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 6th ser., 67, no. 1048-1049 (May-June 1956): 234, repro. 231.
1963Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1963 (reprinted 1964 in French, German, and Spanish): 317, repro.
1963Wildenstein, Georges. Chardin. Zurich, 1963: no. 74, repro.
1965Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 26.
1968European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 19, repro.
1969Wildenstein, Georges. Chardin. Paris, 1969: no. 74, repro.
1971Held, Julius S., and Donald Posner. 17th and 18th Century Art. New York, 1971: 317, repro.
1971Stuffmann, Margret, in Keller, Harald, Die Kunst des 18. Jahrhunderts. Berlin, 1971:391, repro. pl. 370.
1973Snoep-Reitsma, Ella. "Chardin and the Bourgeois Ideals of his Time." Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 24 (1973): 217, repro.
1975Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 325, repro.
1975Paulson, Ronald. Emblem and Expression: Meaning in English Art of the Eighteenth Century. London, 1975:106
1975European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 66, repro.
1976Brenninkmeyer-De Rooij, Beatrijs. "De schilderijengalerij van Prins Willem V op het Buitenhof te Den Haag (2)." Antiek (1976):156, repro. 146
1978King, Marian. Adventures in Art: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1978: 63, pl. 35.
1980Fried, Michael. Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot. Berkeley, 1980:46-53, repro. 51 fig. 29.
1983Rosenberg, Pierre. Chardin: New Thoughts. Kansas, 1983:53, 68.
1983Rosenberg, Pierre. L'opera completa di Chardin. Milan, 1983: no. 97A, repro.
1984Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 323, no. 427, color repro.
1985European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 85, repro.
1986Conisbee, Philip. Chardin. Oxford, 1986: 133-137, 140, repro. pl. 125.
1990Johnson, Dorothy. "Picturing Pedagogy: Education and the Child in the Paintings of Chardin." Eighteenth-Century Studies 24 no.1 (Fall, 1990): 47-68, repro. 58 fig. 4.
1992Hall, Nicholas H. J., ed. Colnaghi in America. New York, 1992: 22, under fig. 22.
1992National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1992: 168, repro.
1994Roland Michel, Marianne. Chardin. Paris, 1994: 33, 122, 126, 193, 197-198, 223 n. 13-15, 240, 242, color repro. 194.
1995Jollet, Etienne. Chardin: La vie silencieuse. Paris. 1995: 26, color repro.
1995Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. New York, 1995: 812, fig. 19-83.
1995Edizel, Gerar. "Jean-Siméon Chardin: Seeing, Playing, Forgetting, and the Practice of Modern Imitation." Ph.D. diss., Cornell University, 1995:16, 153-166, 190, fig. 2.
1998Douthwaite, Julia V. "Private Life In the Public Eye: Rousseau's Autobiography and Eighteenth-Century Painting." Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, no. 358 (1998):145, repro. fig. 2.
2000Kirsh, Andrea, and Levenson, Rustin S. Seeing Through Paintings: Physical Examination in Art Historical Studies. Physical Examination in Art Historical Studies, vol. 1. New Haven, 2000: 194-195, fig. 208.
2009Gariff, David, Eric Denker, and Dennis P. Weller. The World's Most Influential Painters and the Artists They Inspired. Hauppauge, NY, 2009: 83, color repro.
2009Conisbee, Philip, et al. French Paintings of the Fifteenth through the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2009: no. 12, 63-69, color repro.
2011Weber, Nicholas Fox. "Making the Quotidian Sacred." Art News 110, no. 6 (June 2011): 72, 73, color repro.

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