A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City brings together a full house of Paul Cézanne's famous card players. The Metropolitan Museum was, in 1913, the first public institution in the United States to acquire a painting by the artist and has a healthy collection of his works. The new exhibition brings together the "The Card Players" 1890-92 shown above left and "Study for The Card Players" at right among other works. The Card Players belongs to the Metropolitan while the Study is on loan from the Worcester Art Museum inWorcester, Massachusetts.
The artworks were created in the 1890s while the artist was living at his family's estate outside Aix-en-Provence and showcase Cezanne's appreciation of the local people as well as tracking his progress as a painter. He used peasants and laborers at his family's estate as models. The sittings resulted in five closely related canvases of different sizes, three of which will be reunited in the exhibit. Reuters reports that this exhibit was previously on display at the Courtauld Gallery in London. A fourth painting belongs to the Barnes Foundation and cannot be loaned out and the fifth is in a private collection which opted not to show it. Cezanne also produced a larger number of paintings of the individual farm workers, major examples of which will be on view along with oil sketches and watercolor studies for these paintings.
The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and The Courtauld Gallery, London. A variety of educational programs will accompany the exhibition, including gallery talks, film screenings, and a Sunday at the Met lecture program on April 3. The exhibit runs from now through May 8. More information is available at the Museum's website at www.metmuseum.org .