The Morning Toilet
  • TitleThe Morning Toilet
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 49 x 39 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 74 x 65 x 11 cm
  • DatingMade 1740 - 1741
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Jean Siméon Chardin, French, born 1699-11-02, dead 1779-12-06
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 782
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1866 from Kongl. Museum (Tessin-Fredrik I 1749)
  • Collection Carl Gustaf Tessins samling
  • Description
    Images and media

    A young woman is about to finish dressing a child. She carefully fastens a blue bow with a silver clasp to the girl’s bonnet. Details such as the woman’s own bow being simpler than the child’s indicate that she is not her mother, but probably a governess. The girl casts a final glance at herself in the mirror. Chardin’s empathic and precise images tell a story beyond the evident theme of everyday tasks.