Paul Cézanne (1839–1906): The Card Players, 1890–92, Oil on9/12/2021, 1:04:04 PM
Paul Cézanne (1839–1906): The Card Players, 1890–92, Oil on canvas, 65.4 x 81.9 cm (25 3/4 x 32 1/4 in.), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City . . French master Paul Cézanne's works have been credited with bridging the gap between 19th century Impressionism and 20th century Cubism. But his finest accomplishment might well be The Card Players, which continues to fascinate art lovers and set records. Created between 1890 and 1895, this five oil paintings are considered a cornerstone of Cézanne's "final period," when he created some of his most acclaimed works. And these are the very pieces, beside many other artists, Botero was very much inspired by to create his own works like our previous post here. Cézanne looked really close to home for his models. The men who posed for the Provencal peasants playing cards were farmhands, some of whom were employed at Cézanne's estate. During the five-year span in which he painted The Card Players, Cézanne created a dozen or so sketches and several painted portraits as practice for his series. The same farmhands were called on, sometimes again and again, to sit for these test studies. The Metropolitan version above is probably the first in a series of five paintings that Cézanne devoted to peasants playing cards.