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Chess Players
  • Benjamin Vautier
    born: Morges, Switzerland ; died: Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Chess Players, 1874
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 56.2 x 69.2 cm
    Canvas/Support: 22 1/8 x 27 1/4 in
    Frame Dimensions: 27 1/2 x 33 in
  • Gift of the Max Kade Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 1975.0058
Label Text

Two men in study. Full-length seated man at right holds pipe in proper right hand and lights it with proper left. Man looks down at the floor towards the viewer. Gray and white tabby cat in center foreground. Seated man at left in priest’s black robes reads paper (identified as newspaper) while facing fireplace at left. He drums fingers proper left hand on the wooden table between the two men. It holds a bottle and chess set. Red wall with framed picture in the background.