Russian Artist (1955- )
'The Card Players'
Oil on Board
20 x 24 inches
The theme of card players at a table has been represented by painters over the centuries, from George de la Tour to Cezanne. The Cubists considered this theme the subject matter for their experimentation on representing three dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface.
Doronine draws the eye to the center of the painting by building its structure out a variety of geometric patterns. A vigilant observer will make out a green table surrounded by cardplayers who are seated a garden near a house surrounded by a black, wrought iron fence. On the surface of the green ‘table’ are actual playing cards that are glued onto the canvas, and whose two dimensionality underlies the flatness of the picture plane. This quilt-like composition is constructed out of curvilinear and rectilinear shapes, as well as ‘textured’ surfaces that add a sense of tactile materiality to the work. The artist succeeds in created a vibrant, energetic pictorial surface where color and line intersect in sem- recognizable shapes while giving way to a certain, overall sense of abstraction.