Watson and the Shark, by Copley (Picture courtesy of Eric Wilcox at flickr.com.) Colonial America produced more industry than art, but even for this time Copley gained stature in English-speaking society for his depiction of the figures of his time, and of historically and physically true representation in artwork.
A staunch member and supporter of the French Academy, Chardin has been called master of still life. Upon presentation of The Ray in 1728, he was admitted to the Acadèmie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture. …Chardin’s work had little in common with the Rococo painting that dominated French art