Card Players in a Drawing Room

Pierre Louis Dumesnil the Younger French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 630

Dumesnil followed Jean François de Troy’s pioneering tableaux de mode (paintings of fashionable society) by depicting a scene of contemporary life that includes the modish card game of quadrille and a Black, probably enslaved, servant who tends the fire. Dumesnil probably painted this canvas between 1756 and 1759, when he lived in Bordeaux, an active port in the French slave trade. In an art world dominated by the French Royal Academy, Dumesnil made his career in the less prestigious guild association of the Académie de Saint Luc.

Card Players in a Drawing Room, Pierre Louis Dumesnil the Younger (French, Paris 1698–1781 Paris), Oil on canvas

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