The card players are Paul Cezanne. 65,4x81,9
Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) was a native of Provence, with its bright colors, as if merged with the shapes of objects - hence the picturesque manner of the mature master. After living in Paris for some time, he returned to his native south, to Aix-en-Provence, and began to write the local nature and peasants from the surrounding villages. In the period 1890-1896, the artist created five canvases on which he depicted men playing cards. The presented version is stored in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The theme of the card game often arises in European, including French, painting. It is enough to mention the painting from the Granet Museum in Aix of the Lenin brothers, which to some extent inspired Cezanne to create the works of the same name. The cards themselves on the canvas are almost invisible, since the author is interested in the figures of his heroes, their manner of sitting at the table, restrained and at the same time bright clothes - that is, plastic and color.
People who leisurely and with feeling spend their life on this flowering ancient land were a source of inspiration for Cezanne. “I love everyone who lives and grows old, not trying to change customs,” he said, “who calmly allows himself to live in accordance with the laws of the time.” The players are solid and almost motionless - Cezanne asked the farmers to pose for him, the world around them seems to be fashioned from the same material as themselves. The homogeneous "texture" of people and the surrounding area was especially attractive to the artist.