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The Card Players by Paul Cézanne (1892)

    The Card Players by Paul Cézanne

    The Card Players by Paul Cézanne was created in 1890 – 1892. The painting is in Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The size of the work is 65,4 x 81,9 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Cézanne was in his fifties when he undertook a painting campaign devoted to giving memorable form to a subject that inspired the likes of Caravaggio and Chardin. He was determined from the start—as we see in this sturdy Provençal scene—to make it his own. Cézanne carefully crafted this composition from figure studies he had made of local farmhands. Once he had puzzled-out his conception, he continued to fine-tune the poses and positions of the card players, until they—like the four pipes hanging on the wall behind them—each fell perfectly into place. Read more in Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    About the Artist: French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne was born in Aix-en-Provence. In Paris, Cézanne met the Impressionist Camille Pissarro. Initially, the friendship formed in the mid-1860s between Pissarro and Cézanne was that of master and disciple, in which Pissarro exerted a formative influence on the younger artist. Cézanne’s early work is often concerned with the figure in the landscape… Read more

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