The Ace of Diamonds

Georges de La Tour injects this painting with a wonderful sense of suspense and vivacity. Has the lady just been told what is going on by her maid? Has the dandy on the right got any idea at all? Are we the only one's who really knows what is going on?
Georges de La Tour injects this painting with a wonderful sense of suspense and vivacity. Has the lady just been told what is going on by her maid? Has the dandy on the right (or is it a lady?) got any idea at all? Are we the only ones who really knows what is going on? As I cannot have the original, at least I took this photograph!

Did the artist deliberately choose this rich orange tone to say something? Probably, but, alas, I am not sufficiently up on 17th century symbolism to decipher it.

Day 2 in the Louvre and still so much to see.

They say some drivel such as… “if you gaze at each artwork in the Louvre for 4 seconds it would take you 3 months to see everything.”

Well, we did pretty well over 2 days although we did find ourselves running through the galleries to escape at 9.00pm on the second day and missed all of the Egyptian and ancient Greek sections altogether.

Thankfully I did see (and photograph) one of my most favourite of pictures, “The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds” by Georges de La Tour, painted in 1635.

I loved the expressions, the colours and the suspense! I particularly love the cleverness of the painter that makes us, the viewers, the only ones with a clear knowledge of what is going on.

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?

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3 Comments

  1. I particularly like the way the “Dandy” is breaking the fourth wall and looking out knowingly at the audience. We’re in on the joke, as opposed to just watching it play out.

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  2. Just stunning. Thank you for sharing.

    And much more beautiful and classy than that picture of the dogs playing cards that shows up on everything from walls to blankets in the US.

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    1. Haha! 😀 I know exactly what you mean. That picture of dogs is about in Australia too! The Louvre is so huge we were lucky not to miss this picture and it is so wonderfully vibrant in the original. ☺

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