Dog and Game
Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin (French, 1699-1779)
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Chardin, one of the great still-life painters of the 18th century, did not follow the traditional career path of his peers. He never trained at the French Academy or traveled to Italy to study the works of the Old Masters. Nevertheless, thanks in part to the support of fellow painter Nicolas de Largillière, Chardin was elected to the French Academy in 1728 and enjoyed considerable success.

In this painting, a hunter’s dog—likely an English pointer—guards the day’s catch. Poised to react, the dog gazes intently beyond the painting’s left edge. The alertness of its rigid pose is offset by the limp, lifeless bodies of the birds and rabbits. Intense lighting further dramatizes the scene, as the dog’s bright coat stands out sharply against the shadowy background. By introducing these elements of contrast, Chardin elevates a still-life subject into a nuanced moment, charged with suspense.


  • Artist Name: Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin (French, 1699-1779)
  • Title: Dog and Game
  • Date: 1730
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 75-3/4 x 54-3/4 in. (192.4 x 139.1 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1972.56.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

?Comte du Luc (Jean-Baptiste Felix Hubert, marquis de Vintimille, 1720-1775), in 1759.
Joseph Aved (1702-1766), Paris (sale, Paris, 24 November 1766, no. 132, to);
Passalaqua, Germany (sale, 18-19 March 1853, no. 111).
Prince Gagarine, Russia and Saint Cloud, by 1910.
[Wildenstein & Co., Paris].
Enrique de Santa-Marina, Buenos Aires, by descent to;
Ramon J. Santa-Marina, Buenos Aires.
[Galerie Schmidt, Paris; sold 1972 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.


  • Paris, 1759 to

Chardin, 1699-1779

  • Paris, Grand Palais, 1979-01-29 to 1979-04-30
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, 1979-06-06 to 1979-08-12
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1979-09-11 to 1979-11-19

[on loan]

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1978-12-21 to

Significant Objects: The Spell of Still Life

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2012-07-20 to 2013-01-21

Three Centuries of French Art: Selections from The Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Foundation_2

  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1974-10-19 to 1976-06-15

Reinstallation of Galleries: Art History of the 17th and 18th Century Gains Fresh Dimension

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-09-02 to 1995-08-13
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  • H. Adhémar, Encyclopedia of World Art, 1958, p. 382
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  • Mirimone, A. de, L'iconographie musicale sous les rois Bourbons. La musique dans les arts plastiques XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle, 1977, p. 16
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 94
  • Rubin, James H., Impressionist Cats and Dogs, 2003, fig. 4 pp. 6-7
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 894 p. 349
  • Diana Magaloni, Itzel Rodriguez, Jennifer Stager, Camille Methieu, James Oles, Juan Coronel, Michele Greet and J. Leighten, Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time, 2016, p. 159 (ill.)
  • du Bourg, Alexis Merle, Chardin, 2020, 76 pp. 98-100, p. 98 (ill.)
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Additional Artwork by Artist

Still Life with Cooking Utensils Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin c. 1728-30
Still Life with Fowl Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin c. 1728-30

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