Soap Bubbles

Jean Siméon Chardin French

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The idle play of children was a favorite theme of Chardin, a naturalist among painters. Here he drew inspiration from the seventeenth-century Dutch genre tradition for both the format and the subject. While it is not certain that he intended the picture to carry a message, soap bubbles were then understood to allude to the transience of life. Chardin often painted successful compositions in multiples: later versions of Soap Bubbles belong to the Los Angeles County Museum and to the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

This painting was seized by the Nazis from Jane Mannheimer in Paris and illegally purchased for the Führer Museum in 1944. It was returned to France by the Service Français de la Récupération following an agreement with the Netherlands Art Property Foundation and was restituted in or after 1948.

#5012. Soap Bubbles, Part 1



  1. 5012. Soap Bubbles, Part 1
  2. 5008. Soap Bubbles, Part 2
Soap Bubbles, Jean Siméon Chardin (French, Paris 1699–1779 Paris), Oil on canvas

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