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Anguissola, Three Sisters Playing Chess and Phillip II of Spain

Beckmann, Departure; Self-Portrait in Tuxedo; Sinking of Titanic

Bingham, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

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Book of Kells

Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights

Botticelli Primavera

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Caravaggio, Young, Sick Bacchus and Basket of Fruit

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Copley, Paul Revere

David, Death of Marat 

David, Death of Socrates

David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps

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Diebenkorn, The Ocean Park Series

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Duncanson, Robert Seldon.  Art History Welcomes Duncanson 

Durer, The Four Apostles

Dutch Painters at the Frick Collection, 2013-2014 Show

El Greco, Burial of Count Orgaz

FontanaPortrait of a Noblewoman

Frankenthaler, Color Field Painting and Mountains and Sea

Gainsborough, The Blue Boy

Gentileschi, Artemisia.  Judith Beheading Holofernes

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Hals, Regents of St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Hopper, Nighthawks

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Isenheim Altarpiece

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Leonardo, New Mona Lisa

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Famous Paintings: Cezanne's Card Players

  
  
  

An art history blog post from Famous Paintings Reviewed.

Paul Cezanne’s famous paintings of peasants constitute a gem of an exhibition at the Met. His early biographer, Gustav Coquiot, described these Cezanne paintings as “equal to the most beautiful works of art in the world”.  It's no exaggeration.

In describing the peasants around his ancestral home of Aix-en-cezanne card players studyProvence, France, Cezanne commented, "I love above all else the appearance of people who have grown old without breaking with old customs."

Paul Cezanne, Study for The Card Players.  Oil on canvas, ca.1890-92.  Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA.

He had no such reverence for tradition in painting, though: claiming "art is a harmony parallel to nature", Cezanne moved beyond the limits of Impressionism to become, in Picasso's words, "the father to us all". The three Cezanne paintings of card players underscore Picasso's praise and Cezanne's stature in art history.

Rather than doing preliminary sketches of his final composition, Cezanne studied each man individually, convening all the models only when he worked a final canvas.  These prepatory oil sketches, drawings, and watercolors - many of which are in the show - enhance appreciation of the final Cezanne paintings.  Skip the peasant paintings by other famous painters like Ernest Meissonier, Chardin, and Gustave Manet -- it’s Cezanne and his Card Players who steal the show.

cezanne card playersPaul Cezanne (1839-1906) lived at his ancestral home in Aix-en-Provence, France, whose landscapes and peasants recur in his artwork.  

A frequent model was his gardener, Paulin Paulet, who sits on the right in the smallest of the three Card Players versions (right).

Paul Cezanne, The Card Players.  Oil on canvas, ca. 1890 - 1905.  Approximately 19" by 22 1/2".  Musee d'Orsay, Paris.

The pronounced, dark vertical hovering above the table would have, by the hand of a less gifted artist, derailed the painting. Instead, it seems to assert Cezanne's intention to ignore an academic approach to painting.

Art historians have generally believed that this Card Players was the last of the three Cezanne painted, with the art historian, Meyer Shapiro, going so far as to say this Card Players is “the most monumental and most refined”.  

X-ray analysis by the show's organizers, the Met and Courtauld Institute, reveals, however, numerous changes and extensive underdrawings in this version, leading the art museums to conclude that this Card Players is the first.

In a slightly larger version of Card Players, Cezanne has subtlely reworked the composition – the cezanne card playerstable and two men are now parallel to the picture plane.  Again here, the mass of the men is captured brilliantly with Cezanne's sense of color and understanding of creating volume.

Regrettably, the largest Card Players – privately held - isn’t in the show.  The Met has instead a full-scale reproduction in black and white (making me curious why it wasn't in color).  Even in such a compromised version, you see how Cezanne captured both spatial depth and pattern at once, earning him the stature, according to Matisse, as "a benevolent God of painting."

Cezanne's Card Players runs until 8 May 2011. 





Comments

The background is different. The window scene is totally different as the center piece changes from a closed bottle of wine to a vase of blue flowers on the table. The following explanation is from metmuseum.org. This scene of peasants playing cards was undertaken in the early 1890s as part of a painting campaign, made up of five distillations of the subject. Cézanne enlisted local farmhands to serve as models, and he may have drawn inspiration for his Provençal genre scene from a painting of the same theme by the Le Nain brothers that was in the museum in Aix. The largest and most complex of Cézanne's five Card Players is the version in the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania. Next comes the Metropolitan's picture, in which Cézanne tightened the composition, reducing the size by half and leaving out one figure. He continued to pare away extraneous details in each successive rendition (Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, London; Musée d'Orsay, Paris; and private collection). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Source: Paul Cézanne: The Card Players (61.101.1) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Posted @ Thursday, March 24, 2011 9:30 PM by Sheryl Skoglund
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