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Card Players

Artist: Kenneth M. Adams (1897 Topeka, Kansas - 1966 Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1959
Medium: lithograph
Dimensions:
Image: 17 1/4 × 23 in. (43.8 × 58.4 cm)
Frame: 30 1/2 × 34 3/4 × 1 1/4 in. (77.5 × 88.3 × 3.2 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, transfer from the Albuquerque Public Library
Object number: PC1986.70.5
DescriptionBlack and white lithograph depicting a group of men seated around a table playing cards.
Not on view
Label Text:Kenneth Adams trained in Europe as a student and (like most other Modern artists) was deeply influenced by French post-Impressionist master Paul Cezanne. Likely not coincidentally, card players were an important subject for Cezanne. In Adams’ version, produced late in his career, you see a more conservative “social realist” treatment of the subject. Adams was chairman of the storied art program at the University of New Mexico for many years, but resisted the influence of pure abstraction in the 1950s and ‘60s. This powerfully sober work is actually less classically Modern than many of his own earlier works, and in its elegant, sensitive treatment of these hard-scrabble, working-class Americans, relates more closely to artists of the Renaissance than many of his cutting-edge contemporaries.
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