Listen to the following video about Chardin. Comment on what Rosenberg means when he says Chardin paints “silence” and how he became a painter of sensibilities or sentiments. How can meaning come from simple everyday objects? Why was he appealing to painters in the 19th and 20th centuries?
NOW, look at this contemporary artist, William Kentridge, and see how he uses charcoal drawings to create animated films. Listen to his comments in both clips. Comment on how he uses charcoal, creates meaning through the transitions of one object or scene into another, and how his stories contribute to and reflect upon his native South Africa, particularly during the period of apartheid.