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At the end of the XIX century, the French artist Paul Cezanne painted a series of paintings on the game of cards. They all came out under the same name - "Card Players".
With each subsequent work, the author reduced the number of depicted people, and also removed unnecessary details from the canvas. As a result, the fifth picture was the most concise and at the same time the most famous of the entire series - a kind of final version of Cezanne's work on this story.
The heroes of the picture were the French peasants beloved by the artist, living in the lands dear to his heart - in Provence. Cezanne captured a restrained and sedate card game of two men sitting at a rough table in one of the local cafes. Apparently, he had the opportunity to well observe and study these people, thanks to the relative immobility in which they were during the game.
At the same time, the artist managed to create expression on his canvas, to display a sense of movement, thanks to gestures and different expressions of the characters' faces. He all this bizarrely combined with his characteristic manner of monumentality. The plot is conveyed in a bright contrasting palette of colors, which brought to the picture a certain degree of liveliness and everyday life. The background of the picture looks rather vague and blurry and does not at all look like a cafe wall, representing something abstract.
We see a kind of confrontation between two people, completely absorbed in playing cards. As is commonly believed, cards are not an easy thing; they can tell the secrets of fate.
However, here players use them according to their own free will. According to the expression of their profiles, it can be understood that the heroes are carefully considering the next move, which can decide not only the outcome of the game, but as if all their further fate. And this is by no means pathos, given that people tend to play cards for money, and there are frequent cases when the result of a card game determines the fate of a person.
In fact, this is happening before our eyes - the fate of people is being decided, and all this is being done in the most banal setting. Thus, despite all its simplicity, the heroes seem to be full of greatness. This, perhaps, is the deep symbolism and special meaning of the picture.
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