This painting is seen as one of the most famous paintings in the history of modern art.
The painting is one of five paintings by the artist Paul Cezanne and includes the same idea: people playing paper.
Cezanne drew the painting from the atmosphere of his Parisian region, "Eixan Provence," which included a mixture of people, workers, artisans, peasants and ordinary people.
In the painting Cezanne tried to rediscover the function of space and lines. The construction of the painting depends mainly on the center of the bottle located in the middle of the table, which divides the space into opposite areas to emphasize the dual nature of the subject.
Cezanne was a close friend of Emil Zola, who later became one of the most famous French novelists.
Cézanne was influenced by Eugène Delacroix and Edouard Manet, but he was more influenced by the Camille Pesaro style, which he supported a lot and introduced to the Impressionists in light representation and capture of the effects of shifting nature, through light scattering and the economy of lines.
In "Paper Players" the atmosphere seems rather serious and gloomy, and this impression is reinforced by the darker brown and darker colors of the table, blending the blue and black colors.
The idea of playing cards emerged in the final stages of Cezanne's artistic life. It is said that the artist may have wanted behind the idea to portray the confrontations that were taking place between him and his father, who was always detracting from him and questioning his talent.
Cezanne was often interested in drawing the most consistent and durable objects such as landscape, buildings and still nature. The "paper players" are a departure from the artistic style he has devised for himself. This may be due to the artist's close association with the atmosphere and details of his local environment.
For years, Cezanne has been known only to a small circle of his old colleagues and some of the new and enthusiastic impressionists, such as Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.
But at the time of his death in 1904, Cezanne had achieved a legendary status among the artists of his time, and exhibited his works in the largest art exhibitions, and was pouring in his studio many young artists to observe and learn from it.
Seven years ago, his painting, "Curtain, Porcelain and a Fruit Dish", was sold at the Sotheby's auction for more than $ 60 million, making it the sixth most expensive painting in the world.
img by : The Paper Players of the French Artist Paul Cezanne, 1892