Cezanne’s Card Players

Hidden gem alert:

The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House in London.

On view now is the exhibit “Cezzane’s Card Players,” which assembles all but two of Paul Cezanne’s studies and finished works of what many think is his greatest painting.

From the Courtauld website:

Paul Cézanne’s famous paintings of peasant card players have long been considered to be among his most iconic and powerful works. This landmark exhibition is the first to bring together the majority of these remarkable paintings alongside a magnificent group of closely related portraits of Provençal peasants and rarely seen preparatory oil sketches, watercolours and exquisite drawings.

The Courtauld Gallery’s two masterpieces from this series, The Card Players and Man with a Pipe, are joined by exceptional loans from international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, to offer a visual feast of some of the artist’s finest paintings.

Not to mention the Fauvist feast in the rest of the gallery: from Dufy and Derain to Vlaminck and Matisse.

Also a feast: The Diaghelev exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Well worth the trip.

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