The Card Players (1893) by Paul Cezanne

The Card Players - Paul Cezanne - 1893

Artwork Information

TitleThe Card Players
ArtistPaul Cezanne
Date1893
Mediumoil,canvas
Dimensions97 x 130 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About The Card Players

“The Card Players” is an oil on canvas genre painting created by the French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne in 1893. Measuring 97 by 130 centimeters, this artwork is part of a series by Cézanne exploring the same subject matter and currently resides in a private collection. This piece of art is representative of the Post-Impressionism movement, showcasing Cézanne’s evolution of style and experimentation beyond the Impressionist ethos.

The artwork depicts two men engrossed in a game of cards. They are seated at a wooden table with a bottle of wine positioned between them, which adds to the relaxed, yet focused, atmosphere conveyed by the painting. The man on the left, wearing a dark jacket and a hat, seems to be holding his cards closely as he contemplates his next move, a pipe casually resting in his mouth. His counterpart, dressed in a lighter colored shirt and a hat, is also holding his cards and appears to be quietly considering his strategy. The figures are portrayed with robust, solid forms, a characteristic approach of Cézanne’s mature work, capturing the essence of their physical presence.

Cézanne’s use of color and brushwork is emblematic of the Post-Impressionist movement’s departure from naturalism towards a more abstract and emotionally evocative style. The artist’s thick application of paint and the subdued yet harmonious palette suggest the depth of concentration and the stillness of time within the scene. The composition’s simplicity, the psychological intensity of the players, and the geometric treatment of form and space exhibit Cézanne’s influence on the development of modern art, particularly in the shaping of Cubism.

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