Jean-Siméon Chardin – The House of Cards (c1736-37)

Jean-Siméon Chardin – French painter.
The House of Cards (c1736-37)
When will the house of cards collapse? Never. 
It is frozen in time by oil painting. 
Chardin’s still and silent composition invites us 
to concentrate 
on the boy’s calm intentness as he prepares 
 to add one more card to his fragile creation. 
Life is arrested by art.
National Gallery, London.