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The End of the Game of Cards
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The End of the Game of Cards

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Description Two gentlemen in Louis XIII attire have fought a fatal duel over a game of tarot. One lies dead with his head resting on an overturned chair and the other, clasping his chest, expires in the background. Strewn across the floor are the cards with the two swords and three coins visible in the right foreground. The setting is actually Meissonier's richly furnished studio at Poissy. This picture illustrates Meissonier's mastery of foreshortening and his ability to express dramatic action in a miniature scale.
Date Description Narrative
6/13/1951Treatmentvarnish reduced; coated
3/09/1981Examinationexamined for condition
7/01/1992Treatmentstabilized; inpanted
7/27/1992Loan Consideration{\rtf1\ansi\ansicpg1252\deff0\deflang1033{\fonttbl{\f0\fnil\fcharset0 Arial;}}\viewkind4\uc1\pard\fs20 examined for loan\par}
  • International Exposition. Vienna. 1873.
  • Exhibition Meissonier. Galerie Georges Petit, Paris. 1884.
  • Boldini and his Circle. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2018-2021.
Provenance William Hood Stewart, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; William Hood Stewart Sale, American Art Galleries, New York, 1898, no. 110 [1]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1898, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest. [1] sold for $9000 (annotated auction catalog, WAM library)
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right: E MEISSONIER; [Date] Lower right: 1865
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1898

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oil on panel
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H: 8 3/4 × W: 7 1/16 in. (22.2 × 18 cm); Framed H: 15 1/16 × W: 13 9/16 × D: 2 15/16 in. (38.3 × 34.5 × 7.5 cm)
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