Soldiers Playing Cards in a Ruin, Jean-Antoine Watteau
Jean-Antoine Watteau
Soldiers Playing Cards in a Ruin
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Henry Ferguson: Karten spielende Soldaten vor einem Gemäuer. Standort unbekannt

Jean-Antoine Watteau

Soldiers Playing Cards in a Ruin, ca. 1710 – 1712


Blatt
162 x 213 mm
Inventory Number
1065
Object Number
1065 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

In front of a somewhat dilapidated fortress, a group of soldiers are passing the time playing cards and smoking. The scene looks as if it had been drawn from life, but Watteau copied it from a painting by a little-known Dutch painter, making various changes in the process. Whereas the architecture is not very convinc- ing in its spatiality, every one of the figures is full of life and individuality, despite the extremely cursory manner and sparse means with which the artist portrayed them.

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Soldiers Playing Cards in a Ruin
Draughtsman
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  • Nicht geprüft
Work Catalogues
  • Rosenberg/Prat 1996.I.198.124
  • Parker/Mathey 1957.I.19.122

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Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

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  • 45B the soldier; the soldier's life
  • 43C51 card games
  • 48C149 ruin of a building ~ architecture

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04.08.2020