More About Paul Cezanne’s The Card Players
An artwork from 1890s with post-impressionist themes indulged represents a scene from a classic French bar where two men are involved in certain activities. They can be seen playing cards while smoking pipes.
This artwork by Paul Cezanne represents a scene from the daily lives of post-impression Frenchmen.
The scene depicted in this painting is probably from a weekend. That was the only time when the countrymen of France got along to play a few card games together. The subjects painted in the frame were peasants from the southeastern region of France.
The depiction of Frenchmen is done pretty accurately. From clothes to hats everything is painted on point. The loose fit apparels were in fashion from a French perspective during the early 19th century. Hence, the men in the painting appear to be wearing loose-fit clothes.
The Card Players inculcates a few signature attributes of Paul Cezanne artworks. Such as the portrayal of human figures is very plain and straight. It avoids representing any emotional dialects.
Cezanne is known for straight forward depiction of real-life scenarios. He avoided any kind of tacky color scheme in order to keep it as simple as possible. Any kind of exaggerating or use of dramatic elements were not a preferable choice for Paul Cezanne portraits.
Currently displayed in Barnes Foundation Museum, Philadelphia, USA, this painting became popular in the states by the early to mid-20th century. It also became a famous décor choice amongst retro-themed bars and restaurants in the States.
It might appear to be a very simple and smooth artwork at a glance, but it took Cezanne several preliminary sketches to create the final painting.
The Card Players by Paul Cezanne created a world record as the most expensive painting to be sold with the worth being $250 million USD in 2011. It was purchased by the Royal Family of Qatar. The record stayed intact until it was crossed by Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi in 2017. It got auctioned for a massive $450 million USD.
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