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Card Players

Object Details


Card Players


Josse van Craesbeeck (Flemish, about 1605/1608 - before 1662)




Holland (Place Created)


about 1645


Oil on panel

Object Number:



31.1 × 38.7 cm (12 1/4 × 15 1/4 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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Object Description

In seventeenth-century Flanders, paintings of peasant scenes began to take on a new character, emphasizing carousing, drinking, and smoking. The central action of this painting is a variation on the theme of cardsharks made popular by Caravaggio. Josse van Craesbeeck's Card Players also shows the influence of his friend and teacher Adriaen Brouwer, who painted similarly sordid tavern scenes.

Craesbeeck presented peasants engaged in crude, dishonest, and vulgar activities. In this disreputable game of cards, the woman decides which card to play by examining her opponent's cards, which she sees in a mirror held up behind her opponent's back by her accomplice. At the right, another woman with a broken pipe at her feet drinks wine and smokes, while a man relieves himself against the wall. A seated child wearing a kind of turban plays on the floor. The woman with the straw hat and the bearded man, colored with great refinement, are characteristic types in Craesbeeck's repertory of figures. Possibly influenced by Caravaggio's followers, Craesbeeck paid careful attention to the effects of light, which streams into the room from a single window.

- 1900

Princess Marie Wassilievna Woronzoff [sold, Woronzow sale, Sambon, Florence, April 4, 1900, lot 493.]

by 1916 - 1938

Lucie (Haas) Schloss, 1858 - 1938 (Paris, France), by inheritance to her children, Marguerite Schloss, Lucien Schloss, Henri Schloss, Raymond Schloss, and Juliette (Schloss) Weil, 1938.

1938 - 1943

Marguerite Schloss, 1879 - 1959 (Paris, France; Château de Chambon, Laguenne near Tulle, France) and Lucien Schloss, 1881 - 1962 (Paris, France; Château de Chambon, Laguenne near Tulle, France) and Henri Schloss, 1882 - 1964 (Paris, France; Château de Chambon, Laguenne near Tulle, France) and Raymond Schloss (Paris, France; Château de Chambon, Laguenne near Tulle, France) and Juliette (Schloss) Weil, born 1885 (Paris, France; Château de Chambon, Laguenne near Tulle, France), looted by the Vichy Government of France, 1943.


In the possession of the Vichy government of France (Chambon, France; Paris, France), sequestered by the French State Museums at the Musée du Louvre, 1943.

1943 - 1946

Musée du Louvre, restituted to the Adolphe Schloss Family, July 1946.

1946 - 1951

Schloss Family (Paris, France) [sold, Schloss sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, December 5, 1951, lot 12, to Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc.]


Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc. (New York, New York), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1951.

1951 - 1970

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.

Rubens et son temps (1936 to 1937)
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Loan Exhibition of Dutch Paintings G. [sic] Paul Getty Collection (1952)
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