Il n’est chance qui ne tourne🍀 The Cheat with the Ace of4/13/2021, 11:06:06 AM
Il n’est chance qui ne tourne🍀 The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs, by De La Tour. 🎨The only diurnal painting by Georges de La Tour in the Louvre along with the Saint Thomas, the Cheat illustrates a theme that was frequently taken up in the wake of Caravaggio. The young man is subjected here to three major temptations according to 17th-century moral standards: gambling, wine, and lust. Four figures are gathered around a table and are playing cards. They all seem to be suspended in time. On the right, a lavishly dressed man is going through his cards. He is set apart from the other figures and does not share in their complicity, which is visible in their sidelong glances. Slightly off-center, a woman with a sophisticated hairstyle and plunging neckline beckons us with her eyes and hand position toward the left side of the composition where another player, plunged in shadow, is discreetly producing an ace of diamonds from under his belt. To complete the scene, a maidservant is preparing a glass of wine between him and the courtesan. The situation seems quite clear. The young man, drawn into the game by the courtesan not lacking in assets, is intoxicated and will be divested of his possessions by the man on the left. A masterpiece of French art! 👨🎨Georges de la Tour (French, 1593-1652) was a Baroque painter, renowned in life, but ignored by the history of art until the 20th century. His work consists of candlelit subjects, regarded as a master painter settled in Lunéville. King Louis XIII, Henry II of Lorraine, and the Duke de La Ferté were among the collectors of his work. Although the chronology of La Tour’s output is uncertain, it is clear that he initially painted in a realistic manner and was influenced by the dramatic chiaroscuro of Caravaggio or his followers. 📐Height: 106 cm (41.73 in). Width: 146 cm (57.48 in). Oil on canvas, 1626–1629. 🏛Louvre Museum, Paris. @museelouvre What do you think about this? Share and follow @monteroneart for more 🎨!