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The Card Players by Paul Cézanne

    The Card Players by Paul Cézanne

    The Card Players (Les Joueurs de cartes) by Paul Cézanne was created in 1890 – 1895. The painting is in Musee d’Orsay, Paris. The size of the work is 47 x 56,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Cézanne had certainly seen The Cardplayers, attributed to the Le Nain brothers, at the museum in Aix-en-Provence, his home town. The bottle, with the light playing on it, forms the central axis of the composition. It separates the space into two symmetrical areas, accentuating the opposition of the players. The latters are allegedly peasants Cézanne used to see at his father’s property in Jas de Bouffan, on the outskirts of Aix. The man smoking the pipe has been identified as “père Alexandre”, the gardener there. (Read more in Musee d’Orsay)

    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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