Artist: Stephen Hansen
Title: The Card Players, 1890-92 (Cezanne)
Medium: Acrylic/Paper Mache'
Dimensions: 20"h x 25"w
"The Card Players, 1890-92 (Cezanne)" is a colorful mixed media piece that appears to depict four individuals engaged in a game of cards. Three of the individuals are seated around a table with a scattered array of cards on its surface, while a fourth person stands behind with a pipe in their mouth, observing the game. The seated men are wearing hats, and their attire suggests the painting represents a scene from the late 19th century. The style of the painting is reminiscent of post-impressionism, parodying Cezanne, with visible brushstrokes and a focus on depicting the form and solidity of the objects and figures in the scene. The colors are vibrant, with a variety of tones that give depth and texture to the clothing, the figures, and the background. The use of light and shadow on the figures' clothing is particularly notable. The scene is set against a blurred background, which allows the viewer to focus mainly on the figures and the table. There is an especially bright yellow drape-like element in the background to the right. One interesting feature of the painting is the sculpture of a painter dressed in a splattered painter outfit. He is standing on a scaffold, suspended by wires, and directly interacts with the painting. Holding a paintbrush in hand, it appears he is the artist and is actively adding finishing touches to this piece.This mixed-media element breaks the boundary between the painted scene and the physical world of the viewer, creating an engaging experience that blurs the line between art and reality.