The Card Players
The Card Players by Paul Cezanne

Following the steps below will help you look at this painting, The Card Players by Paul Cézanne.

Step One: Look

  • What is happening in this artwork?
  • What is the mood of this painting?
  • Share your ideas with another student. Do you agree?


Step Two: Analyze


  • What colors do you see in this painting?
  • How do colors move your eye to look at different parts of the painting?
  • Do you see a color that is repeated in different places in the painting?


  • Where do you see lines in the painting? Are they curvy or straight, neat or jagged?


  • What parts of the painting are brightest? What parts are darkest?


  • What kind of room are the people in? How can you tell?
  • What shapes do you see in the painting? Are they repeated in other parts of the painting?


Step Three: Compare

To begin comparing this painting with others, please launch the slideshow found in the right sidebar.

Download relevant worksheet here.

  • What is the same between these two paintings? What is different?


Step Four: Explore

On the map below, locate where the artist Paul Cézanne came from. Research it. 

Download relevant worksheets here and here.

Teacher's Guide

For more information about Paul Cézanne, his techniques, and paintings, download this helpful teacher's guide


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