Players in cards, Lucas Hagens van Leiden (Luke Leiden)

Players in cards, Lucas Hagens van Leiden (Luke Leiden)
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  • Posted by Lucas Hagens van Leiden
  • Museum: National Art Gallery (Washington)
  • Year: Around 1550-1599

Description of the picture :

Players in cards – Lucas Hagens van Leiden (Luke Leiden). Around 1550-1599. Wood, butter. 55.2×60.9
   An excellent artist and draftsman, Van Leiden often wrote entertaining scenes from everyday life. He combined the accuracy and veracity of the image of individual figures, details of everyday life with a deep interest in human personality.

   Elements of carnivality and beauty of coloristic combinations and the psychological expressiveness of the images of heroes were reflected in the presented carnbne, which attracts with a wealth of bright colors and thoughtful composition. A group of elegant men and women dressed in fashionable felt hats and beautiful dresses, located around the table at the card game. Some are indifferently watching, others show an increased interest in what is happening and suggest something, whisper to players. The lady at the table on the left points to the deck near her, the man in a red hat and a cloak – to gold coins. Everyone is waiting for the next move.

   The scene of playing cards is a story that is quite common in the works of world painting. He was contacted by Caravaggio and Georges de Latour, Valanten and Jus van Kraesberg. For artists, he was interested in allowing to depict the behavior of people, passions, intrigues, to show a psychological duel between players. Also, a secret message was encrypted in such paintings, the essence of which was known only to the initiate. For those who knew how to “read” the card moves of the heroes and their gestures, many details of the life of the characters were revealed.