We find it hard to imagine the relationship between gambling and art, but what these famous artists did will make you think again. They used gambling as their source of inspiration, and some of the resulting pieces of art have managed to get sold at incredibly expensive prices. Let explore some of the most popular casino paintings in history.
The Cardsharps was painted in the 16th century by Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The painting depicts two young boys playing cards, with one shady one hiding extra cards behind his back. There’s another man standing over the shoulder of the innocent one, reading his cards while secretly signalling to the cardsharp. The painting is not purely about gambling, but expressing a drama that we often observe in life.
Dogs Playing Poker
Dogs Playing Poker is a renown work of art by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. It was originally 6 pieces of work created over ten years to advertise smoking cigars.
The Card Players
The Card Players is a series of paintings by French artist Paul Cézanne during the 1890s. Each of the paintings portrays a different scene, but in general, they depict how peasants socialized outside of their work, by drinking, smoking, and playing cards.
Argument Over a Card Game
During the second half of the 17th century, Jan Steen, a Dutch artist, created Argument Over a Card Game, an iconic work of art depicting how a classic card game turned into a drama. Steen was able to capture everyday life of the ordinary people, including the chaotic moments and transform those emotional moments into a beautiful work of art.
Above are some notable paintings that used gambling as the source of inspiration. The next time you get to the casino, use your artist side to observe everything, maybe you will be able to see things in a different lens. Gambling doesn’t need to be purely about money, it can teach us valuable lessons about people and life. When you treat gambling as a hobby, it becomes much more fun and rewarding.