About the Class
The Card Players is Cézanne’s major effort at genre painting and one of his most ambitious works. In four focused lectures (one in front of the painting), we will delve into the modernist forms and meanings of the painting, as well as its place within Cézanne’s broader career. We will also address the social and cultural issues that led the artist to the unusual decision to use farmhands as models.
Dombrowski is associate professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. His 2013 book Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life won the Phillips Book Prize. He is currently at work on a new book that explores the relationship between the impressionist instant and period technologies of timekeeping.