National Geographic : 1952 Jan
© National Geographic Society 85 National Gallery of Art (Kress Collection) JEAN BAPTISTE SIMEON CHARDIN (1699-1779), French * The Attentive Nurse Chardin, a simple man, lived in the workers' quarter of Paris. Such mundane things as po t s, bread, Iottles, and fruit interested the artist, who painted them with passion. Child, nurse, scullery maid, and old man-such humble folk helped him grasp the meaning of everyday life. Chardin's reputation has grown with time. Today lie is esteemed as perhaps the first modern artist. "The Attentive Nurse," a possession of Liechtenstein's princely family since it was painted, was flown to the United States last winter.