Purchase, 1956. Chardin was one of the first French artists to treat the lives of women and children with sympathy and to portray the dignity of womens work in his images of young mothers, governesses, and kitchen maids. Shown at the Salon of 1739, The Governess was praised by contemporary critics, one of whom noted the graciousness, sweetness, and restraint that the governess maintains in her discipline of the young man about his dirtiness, disorder, and neglect
his attention, shame, and remorse
all are expressed with great simplicity..
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Jean-Simeon Chardin, “The Governess,” Digital Collections - University at Buffalo Libraries, accessed November 30, 2020, https://digital.lib.buffalo.edu/items/show/36347.