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Jean-Siméon Chardin was listening impatiently to another artist, whose work was distinguished by mere technical facility, go on about the craft of mixing colors.

“So you say one paints with colors?,” asked Chardin impatiently.

"With what else then?" replied the other artist, taken aback.

"One uses colors,” retorted Chardin, “but one paints with feelings.”

—Larousse, Dictionnaire de la peinture

Still Life with Fish, Vegetables, Gougères, Pots, and Cruets on a Table (1769), Still Life with Peaches, a Silver Goblet, Grapes, and Walnuts (about 1759–60), The J. Paul Getty Museum

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