(b. 1699, Paris, d. 1779, Paris)
The Attributes of the Arts with a Bust of Mercuryc. 1728
Oil on canvas
Pushkin Museum, Moscow
The date of 1728 is suggested for the painting by critics. In that year Chardin entered the Académie, listed as a painter "skilled in animals fruits" and became most noted for his important works both dated 1728, The Ray Fish, and The Sideboard. The Ray Fish arguably proclaimed the artist's ambition and caused a sensation allowing Chardin entry to the Académie and inspiring Diderot to say were he to train his son as an artist this is the picture he would have him copy.