The Cardplayer

copy after Frans van Mieris the Elder Dutch

Not on view

This study is thought to be a copy of a drawing by Frans van Mieris the Elder that was much celebrated in the eighteenth century. Aspiring to an ever-greater degree of naturalism in his figures, van Mieris portrayed the common man in Dutch society with a poise and casual elegance that appealed to the local elite and the European nobility. Here the card player leans back confidently as he smiles and points to his winning hand, inviting the viewer’s engagement with the scene.

The Cardplayer, copy after Frans van Mieris the Elder (Dutch, Leiden 1635–1681 Leiden), Black chalk, probably moistened in certain areas, and gray wash on vellum.

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