Saturday, October 25, 2008

Chess in Art XX

The Chess Players

Thomas Eakins (1876)

[Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York]

The Chess Players

Raffaello Sorbi (1886)

[private collection]

The Chess Players

Joseph Clark (1860)

[private collection]

The Chess Players

John Lavery (1929)

[Tate Gallery, London]

The Chess Players

Merlyn Evans (1951)

[Tate Gallery, London]

The Chess Players

Henry Schwartz (1958)

[Museum of Fine Arts, Boston]

Les joueurs d'échecs

Honoré Daumier (1863?)

[Musée du Petit-Palais, Paris]

[Chess in Art index]
[Chess in Art collected]


ejh said...

That is, I'm afraid to say, the last in the series. We had to stop somewhere, so this is where we've stopped. We hope you enjoy the final posting as we hope you've enjoyed the series as a whole.

It started off as just an idle thought - by the time we finished we knew a great deal more about chess in art, and about art in general, than we did when we started.

A million thanks to Martin for providing the commentaries and therefore obliging me to take my selections seriously and do some proper work on them. He's also helped a great deal with researching the works of art themselves: locations, dates, titles, dimensions, details, everything.

There will, in fact be one more posting, next Saturday, by way of appendix and bibliography - mentioning other people who have helped with the series and listing some of the resources we've come across while compiling it.

Thanks for reading.

Anonymous said...

It's been very fine, even inspired. I've enjoyed it hugely, and learned alot. Martin's crits have been greatly instructive (for me at least). For the benefit of others in months to come, maybe the series might be bundled into a unified link - if that hasn't already been done. Congrats from one appreciative reader.

Chessbase has others, by the way

Atticus CC

Martin Smith said...

Grand finale to a great series, Justin.

I've done a mega final comment, and put it straight into the "Chess in Art Collected" folder. I hope that Chess in Art addicts will find the time to look at it there.

Thanks again to J for: the judicious selection of pictures, to which I found myself responding, somewhat unespectedly; the scrupulous detailing of the dates, locations etc; ferreting out permissions to post; and the overall inspiration for the series.

I hope it has stimulated bloggers' curiousity in art, to complement their fascination with chess.

ejh said...

The series is sort of bundled into a unifed form via the "Chess in Art collected" link, not sure if that's meant.

I saw the Chess in Art essay when it came out a few days ago - I actually sent a link to our series as feedback, whether or not this will actually appear.