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Paul Cezanne : “The Card Players” (1890-1892)

Museum Quality Giclée on Fine Art Paper

  • Matte Finish does not pick up glare from interior lighting
  • Smooth Surface maximizes sharpness and preserves detail
  • Accent Borders display the artwork uncropped and ready to mat
  • In-house Printing assures artistic quality standards

The Card Players is the first in a series of five paintings by Cézanne, depicting Provençal peasants immersed in their pipes and playing cards. Conspicuously absent are the moralizing overtones and bawdy associations characteristic of this motif in earlier French and Dutch genre paintings. There is no money on the table, no alcohol in view. During the 1890s, this interpretation may have been read as political. Cézanne’s native Provence was one of the oldest regions for the production of playing cards in France, and its manufacturers were being threatened by new restrictions on gambling. Anyone viewing The Card Players would be hard-pressed to explain why these quiet, hard-working peasants should be deprived of their pastime.

While Cézanne’s attitudes toward card playing would certainly have influenced his execution, his motivation for taking on the subject is likely have to been more purely aesthetic. Art critic Richard Dorment speculates that “As he considered tackling a genre subject, he must have asked himself how he could show several figures interacting naturally with one another and yet retain the architectonic structure that permeates his paintings of static landscapes and inert still lifes. The answer was to show a scene from everyday life in which nobody moves – a card game. In what other subject could several men be shown sitting around a table facing each other without talking, gesturing, or even looking up? In a card game, each player studies the hand he has been dealt so intently that his lack of movement and the absence of even the slightest expressive reaction to his opponents, looks quite natural. The subject of a card game was as close as Cézanne could find to a human still life.”

Product Information

Expect crisp detail and vivid color from our giclée process fine art prints. We use archival pigment inks on cotton fiber paper to achieve a wide color gamut, deep blacks and beautiful tonal transitions. Unlike posters, they will not fade or yellow, but maintain their original quality for as long as you own them.

How to Frame

Historical artworks were produced in whatever shapes and sizes best suited the artists and their patrons, and these rarely correspond to the proportions of modern, mass-produced frames. Most reproductions sold on the web are cropped to an arbitrary standard, compromising the integrity of the original artwork. We solve this by using accent borders to make up any differences in proportion.

Framing may be as simple as inserting the print into a standard size frame with the borders showing. In many cases, our customers choose to have them matted. Borders allow space for framers to mount the print while covering little, if any, of the artwork. Our images are sized to provide desirable mat widths in common frames.

Sizes 9” x 12”, 12” x 16”, and 16” x 20” are designed to be matted in larger frames, such as 11” x 14”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24”, respectively. Larger prints may be matted in frames of equal size, the borders corresponding to the shape of the mat. Where the artwork is unusually square or narrow, other sizes may be preferred.

If our sizing does not meet your requirements, we provide customization free of charge. Please contact us to discuss the details.

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Returns Policy

If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, you are welcome to return it within 60 days for a full refund. Please contact us and return your item(s) to: The Ibis 809 Grant Street Endicott, NY 13760

Your return will be processed on receipt.
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