Arts Everyday Living:Through a Child’s Eyes—The Art of Blowing Bubbles

Jean Simeon Chardin, Soap Bubbles, Probably 1733/1734, oil on canvas, Gift of Mrs. John W. Simpson, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Title: Soap Bubbles, Probably 1733/1734

Artist: Jean Simeon Chardin (1699-1779)


“Practice makes perfect” certainly applies here as a boy entertains his younger friend who watches in the background. A testament to the skill and patience needed for a childhood past time that would even challenge an adult. Though how long will it take for his perfect soap bubble to burst?

Soap Bubbles was created by 18th century French master Jean Simeon Chardin. A lifelong Parisian, he focused on genre scenes or paintings of everyday life—his cast of characters ranging from children playing games (as portrayed above) to housewives as well as servants engaged in domestic tasks.





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