Édouard Manet attached great importance to still life, which he considered to be the touchstone of the painter. Tired of history painting, he confessed - A painter can say all he wants to with fruits or flowers, or even clouds -. As Manet, Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin was one of greatest masters of Still Life in the history of art. The painting style of the establishment in his day was Rococo: a pretentious style, crammed with allegorical images from classical mythology and swirling with ornate decoration. To Chardin this theatrical approach reduced art to some kind of intellectual conversation piece. It was totally alien to the world that he constructed - a simple world of truth, humility and calm played out in a few square inches on the canvas.