The idle play of children was a favorite theme of Chardin, a naturalist among painters. Here he drew inspiration from the seventeenth-century Dutch genre tradition for both the format and the subject. While it is not certain that he intended the picture to carry a message, soap bubbles were then understood to allude to the transience of life.
Artist: Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin
Dimensions: 3′ 1″ x 2′ 5″
Subject: Soap bubble
Medium: Oil paint