The Card Players

The Card Players is a series of oil paintings by  Paul Cézanne. Painted during Cézanne's final period in the early 1890s, there are five paintings in the series. Cézanne also completed numerous drawings and studies in preparation for The Card Players series. Enlisting local farmhands to serve as models, he may have drawn inspiration for his genre scene from a seventeenth-century painting by the Le Nain brothers in the museum in his hometown of Aix.The Cardplayer partly reveals Cézanne's approach to a theme: a "meditation" through successive preliminary works based on single characters. Usually drawings and watercolours preceded the slowly elaborated compositions, making this preparatory study, painted in oils, particularly interesting.

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