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The Card Players

David Teniers II

Flemish, 1610–1690

The Card Players


Teniers achieved considerable success in seventeenth-century Europe producing tavern scenes like this one for aristocratic collectors. Although we can see the score scrawled on the tabletop, neither the expressions of the players nor the observers betray the winner. The artist clearly contrasts the two groups—–the onlookers are painted sketchily, almost as caricatures, while the players are defined in brighter light and greater detail.

Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions 12 13/16 x 16 1/16 in. (32.5 x 40.8 cm)
Object Number 1955.874
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1916
Status On View

Image Caption

David Teniers II, The Card Players, 1646, Oil on panel. Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1916. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.874.


Possibly Messrs. Smith, 1840; Hon. Henry Labouchere, Baron Taunton (d. 1869); possibly Hon. Mary Dorothy Labouchere, by descent (d. 1920), Quantock Lodge, Bridgewater, Somerset [P. & D. Colnaghi & Obach, London, sold to Clark, 30 December 1916]; Robert Sterling Clark; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.