Chardin's Girls: The Ethics of Painting
Free Public Lecture
What did it mean to be a girl in the 18th century? Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth examines 18th-century French painter Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin's intriguing depictions of young adults as images of emergent subjectivity. The lecture considers the complex ethics of these representations of a emerging gendered self.
This lecture is coordinated in partnership with the Power Institute, University of Sydney, as part of the Keir Lectures on Art Series, supported by the Keir Foundation.
Image: Jean-Simeon Chardin, Girl with Racquet and Shuttlecock, 1740
Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture
Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth
William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture
Ewa LajerBurcharth is William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. A specialist in eighteenth and nineteenthcentury French art, she has also written extensively on contemporary art, including, among others, the artists such as Janine Antoni, Gary Hill, Mona Hatoum, Mary Kelly, Pipilotti Rist, Sam TaylorWood, Amy Sillman, Jane and Louise Wilson, and Krzysztof Wodiczko. Her books include *Necklines: The Art of JacquesLouis David after the Terror* (Yale University Press, 1999), Chardin Material (Sternberg Press, 2011); *Interiors and Interiority* (with Beate Söntgen, De Gruyter, 2015); *Painting Beyond Itself: A Medium in the PostMedium Condition* (with Isabelle Graw, Sternberg Press, 2016); and *The Painter's Touch: Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard* (Princeton University Press, 2018). Her most recent research and writing has been focused on drawing as an act, a medium and an object. She has recently curated an exhibition Drawing: The Invention of the Modern Medium at Harvard Art Museum and coedited its catalogue (with Elizabeth M. Rudy, 2017).