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Checker Players

ca. 1895 Thomas Anshutz Born: Newport, Kentucky 1851 Died: Fort Washington, Pennsylvania 1912 oil on canvas 16 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (40.8 x 51.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Orrin Wickersham June 1967.136.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 15B


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Two boys sit engrossed in a game of checkers, each focusing intently on his next move. The dark, featureless interior draws our attention to the players' rigid poses. The lack of movement, somber tones, and carefully balanced composition create a serious image around a familiar game, something that is usually viewed as carefree and fun.

Keywords

Children

Figure(s) in interior - domestic

Recreation - sport and play - checkers

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Thomas Anshutz

Born: Newport, Kentucky 1851 Died: Fort Washington, Pennsylvania 1912

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