The Card Players

The Card Players by Paul Cezanne

The Card Players by Paul Cezanne was produced in 17th Century and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Post Impressionism movement. The work can be viewed now at Musée d'Orsay, Paris

 

Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): card, male, playing
 

 

The Card Players is an oil painting produced between 1894 and 1895 by French painter Paul Cezanne.

The Card Players is not a single painting but five other painting that was created with the same name dated between 1890 and 1895.

The painting depicts Provençal peasant’s daily life as they were smoking their pipes and playing cards. The subjects were all male and were displayed as they were playing cards. Their eyes were cast downward as they were playing the game at hand. Cezanne’s portraits lacked the drama, narrative, and how to characterize figures. It is assumed that people paying cards often drink a lot but there was only an unused wine bottle in one of a painting of the two-player versions whereas in others there was an absence of drink and money. A painting was hung in an Aix-en-Provence museum near Cezanne home, it also depicts card players, and also it was widely cited as an inspiration for the works by Cézanne. The inspiration was from the painting by one of the Le Nain brothers.

The Card Players is an oil painting produced between 1894 and 1895 by French painter Paul Cezanne.

The painting depicts Provençal peasant’s daily life as they were smoking their pipes and playing cards. The subjects were all male and were displayed as they were play
In August 1961, The Card Players was in the hands of burglars which is now in an exhibit in Musée d’Orsay, Paris. It was one of the most famous paintings than any other eight Cézanne paintings which were snatched in his hometown in Aix-en-Provence, France when he was returning from a traveling show. There were a total of five paintings of the card players which was painted by Cézanne.

The Card Players never shared a common home. One picture portraits four men and a little boy is currently the highlight of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. A similar piece of the painting that lacks the little boy and the rest of the picture is the same can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Another portrait featuring a pair of card players was highlighted at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Another can be viewed at Courtauld Institute of Art, London while the last part was sold to the royal family of Qatar.

 

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