"The Card Players" by Paul Cezanne
In 2011 the nation of Qatar purchased this painting for $250,000,000. I wonder why as it appears to show gambling, drinking and smoking. But, who am I to judge? What I am really intrigued by though, are card players as a painting subject. Many artists have tackled the subject and many have succeeded. Not me. This week’s thesis topic: The art of card playing as a metaphor for life in paintings from the last six hundred years from all over the world. Big but doable, I think.