The Card Players (1896) by Paul Cezanne

The Card Players - Paul Cezanne - 1896

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TitleThe Card Players
ArtistPaul Cezanne
Date1896
Mediumoil,canvas
Dimensions48 x 58 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France
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About The Card Players

The artwork “The Card Players” is a distinguished work by the artist Paul Cézanne, created in the year 1896. It is an oil painting on canvas, measuring 48 by 58 centimeters, and representing the genre painting category within the Post-Impressionist movement. This piece is part of the “Card Players” series and is currently held at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

In the artwork, two men are depicted engaging deeply in a game of cards. They are seated at a simple wooden table, each holding a hand of cards, with a bottle standing between them, suggesting a casual setting of leisure. The man on the left wears a dark suit and a hat, and smokes a pipe, while the man on the right dons a lighter colored suit and a hat tilted upwards, revealing more of his face. Their expressions are concentrated and solemn, displaying the seriousness with which they approach their game.

Cézanne’s use of color and brushwork is characteristic of the Post-Impressionist style, which sought to express more emotion and movement than the more controlled and realistic Impressionist works. The painting captures the light and shadow through the interplay of warm and cool tones, providing a sense of volume and depth to the figures and objects. This artwork exemplifies Cézanne’s influence on the transition from 19th-century artistic concepts to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century.

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