Basket of Plums by Jean Chardin

Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin was dubbed the grand magician by 18th century art critics. Arguably, one of the greatest still life painters, the Rembrandt of still life. He was famous for his technical mastery in painting still life subjects that documented the life of the Paris bourgeoisie in the 18th century. Basket of Plums is characterized by Chardin’s subdued colors, mellow lighting, and uncanny realistic textures.

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Sat., Feb. 11, 12-4 pm / $89 / One Class

All supplies included in class fee: canvas, paints, and brushes.

Instructor: Kevin McCarty

In-person at VPC

In this class, we will become familiar with Chardin’s technical skills and practice using his thick, layered brushstrokes to evoke texture, to capture the translucence of grapes, sheen of cherries, and semi-translucence of plums. Produce your own expression of Basket of Plums in a modern context by building on traditional painting techniques

You will receive one gallery-wrapped, stretched 11 x 14” fine art canvas, a set of brushes, and a full set of acrylic paints in a wide spectrum of colors, at no extra cost. Take home your own original piece of art ready for framing.

About Your Instructor

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Kevin McCarty

Kevin has been a professional artist for over 40 years painting landscapes, portraits, and still life. Living and painting in Europe have been major influences on his painting style, as he obtained first-hand knowledge of the great masters.

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