Checker Players

  • Thomas Anshutz, Checker Players, ca. 1895, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Orrin Wickersham June, 1967.136.4

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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.

Title
Checker Players
Artist
Date
ca. 1895
On View
Dimensions
16 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (40.8 x 51.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Orrin Wickersham June

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – sport and play – checkers
  • Children
Object Number
1967.136.4
Palette
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