Players - Pavel Andreevich Fedotov. 60.5 x 70.2 cm
This canvas was the last artistic work of the artist. But even in these difficult years, he tirelessly continued to work, creating amazing canvases. His work was simply colossal! The artist was completely devoted to art.
The painting shows a room with avid card players. She is lit by candles that one of the men holds in his hands. Players played the whole night, competing with each other and suffered defeats. At dawn, the winners were on one side of the line, and the losers on the other side. The loser is lit by two candles. He laid one knee on a chair seat in a curving, mournful pose. Hands of a man are attached to the head, eyes are closed. For him, losing is like death. It’s hard for a player to make his own mistake.
Another defeated man is calm and calm. Without panic, he smokes a cigarette with his hand on the table, palm up. This gesture shows sadness and deprivation. The two winning men are on the unlit side of the room. One of them is standing with his hands behind his back. He is glad of his success, and stands out among his comrades in an enthusiastic and proud pose. He has all the best ahead, and he is ready for new victories. The player at the screen sits on a chair with his hands up, his head thrown back. He exults, giving aloud eulogies.
Light gray tones with a predominance of dark and red colors were used in the work. Fedotov clearly distinguished vivid contrasts, as if two mysterious worlds filled with joy and sadness.
An interesting wall with empty frames hanging on it. Pavel Fedotov depicted them, pursuing a certain plan. It is as if they figuratively personify three players, among whom the artist saw himself in difficult crucial years of his life.