The Card Game

A work made of graphite and fabricated black chalk, with stumping, erasing, and scraping, with touches of brush and black ink, on cream wove paper, edge mounted on ivory wove card.
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  • A work made of graphite and fabricated black chalk, with stumping, erasing, and scraping, with touches of brush and black ink, on cream wove paper, edge mounted on ivory wove card.

Date:

1899

Artist:

Adolph Menzel
German, 1815–1905

About this artwork

Menzel often chose to depict complex social situations, no doubt to test his powers of observation. From the absolute concentration on the gamblers’ faces to the grimace of the screaming child, he captured a wide range of emotions. His attention to the setting is equally exacting, as evidenced by the meticulous still life on the far table. The artist’s technique here is as sophisticated as his sense of observation. To create an illusion of smoke, for instance, he applied chalk and then scraped areas away. Menzel was known for always having one of his sketchbooks on hand. Reportedly, in order to carry them more easily, he had special, large pockets added to his coats.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Adolph Friedrich Erdmann von Menzel

Title

The Card Game

Origin

Germany

Date

1899

Medium

Graphite and fabricated black chalk, with stumping, erasing, and scraping, with touches of brush and black ink, on cream wove paper, edge mounted on ivory wove card

Dimensions

198 × 267 mm (primary support); 261 × 335 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.980

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