The Card Players 1893 by Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne always draws several painting in a same theme. He has had draw five successive works in the theme of card-playing, among of which The Card Players painted in 1893 was the most famous one.

This genre painting was divided into two balanced parts by the axle wire of bottle. The characters and the environment transferred mutually, and the changes led to the sense of richness and stability. In order to avoid isolation of images, almost no coherent contour lines in it, so the images were like table and background that were simply composed by a block of color, and then integrated as a whole.

In this post-impressionism painting, Cezanne replaced modeling by modified tone, that is to say, replaced the shaping of images by rhythmic transformation in each area of ​​the color. At the same time, he employed obvious strokes as a means of emphasizing the screen structure, which increased the sense of eternal life in picture. Though Cezanne portrayed the characters without intention, the traits of their personality were being shown accurately as their behaviors. What amazed us was that he depicted the images’ personality without depicting their skeleton. Thus it can be seen that the composition of the colors was not only the physical properties, but the sublimation of spirit. From his clip, Cezanne drawn the elements that fit the modeling well, and then made them a picture after analyzing.

The Card Players 1892

The Card Players 1892

For Paul Cezanne, themes and subject were the composition itself, as someone once said, “Cezanne changed the composition that used as the way of painting into the purpose of painting.”

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