Chardin's Girls: The Ethics of Painting

Free Public Lecture

Chardin's Girls: The Ethics of Painting

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
    Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture