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fter much debate (and after much time spent admiring artist Sarah Lamb's still life paintings) I finally decided to buy a reproduction portrait. The original portrait of this young girl was painted by French artist Jean-Bapiste Simeon Chardin in 1740. I figure this is a good way (well, actually the only way) to experience 18th Century art on a daily basis. I decided on this portrait for a specific reason. When I'm not blogging about interior design or working, I'm likely to be playing tennis and although the girl is holding a badminton birdy (I think that's the correct term!) and a badminton racquet, that was enough for me to associate it with tennis.
I decided to hang the picture above what has become my work space, but for this picture I cleaned it up and removed the laptop, papers and magazines that are usually spread over the top. The shutter doors on the cabinet hide the printer and stereo system. It all actually works out fairly well, considering this is the dining room and I don't have a home office.

18 comments:

  1. Hi Deborah,

    What a beautiful choice you made. And what a pretty space to work in. Your home is just gorgeous.

    ~janet

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  2. She is lovely and perfect for you. Isn't it fun to finally choose that special piece you have been looking for.

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  3. deborah,

    i do not recall ever seeing this portrait. it has tremendous depth of interest. what a lovely and personal choice.
    debra

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  4. How smart of you to choose this lovely Chardin - Met in NY did a major show of his work - he still gets cited by almost every major still life painter in the world as a major influence!

    This lovely work will have you looking at it over and over and you may move it one day but you will never tire of it.

    Thanks for posting

    Suzanne on St. Simons

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  5. Very beautiful! It creates a wonderful mood. Was it an online source for the reproduction?

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  6. I love her there...a wonderful portrait. SHe looks heavenly there, xv.

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  7. Hi Deborah, thank you for visiting my blog.
    I just love yours!

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  8. Beautiful!
    I would like it in my workspace!

    Greet

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  9. I love what you post, most of it "speaks" to me. I am following you now so I can continue to enjoy!

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  10. How I do love art! You post the most beautiful things.

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  11. Looks great Deborah & I love the connection the 2 of you have with the ball & racquet! Wish my Home Office desk looked as organized & tidy as yours.
    Millie ^_^

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  12. A perfect choice!

    it amazes me to look at sarah lamb's paintings - i am in awe of anyone who can paint like that. i adore the dutch masters, so thanks for the tip on her work, which is so reminiscent.

    xo terri

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  13. Chardin is my fav artist -- and there are a number of his works available through art.com -- in various sizes and you can have them mounted on canvas or even wood!
    Your portrait looks fantastic -- and the colors are just right!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  14. What a beautiful portrait. Thanks for painting about Sarah Lamb. I have never heard of her but her work is stunning-

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  15. I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.
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    參觀,Thanks

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  16. Deborah, what a gorgeous painting! I love it, it's perfect. Lidy

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  17. Lovely painting.
    That badminton thingy she's holding, in England is called a shuttlecock. Thinking about it, I can understand perhaps why that word has not successfully crossed the Atlantic :)

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