Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Gambling Den (1883)

Jean-Eugène Buland: The Gambling Den

Jean Eugene Buland's Le Tripot is an excellent example of the transition that saw him move away from his early Symbolism work to a much more realistic portrayal of scenes from everyday life. "Le Tripot" (translated as "The Gambling Den" or "The Dive") provides an unblinking look at gamblers from all walks of life huddled around a gambling table, with most only possessing a few chips or coins in front of them. Everyone seems equally resigned to an unhappy end in the smoke-filled room, with an almost palpable sense of surrender and melancholy pervading each and every person. [Art Renewal Center]

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