1815, Moscow - 1852, St Petersburg

Gambler Squeezing his Head with his Hands

Study for Gamblers. 1851-1852

In the studies for the unfinished picture Gamblers (1851-52), the subject of cards reaches extraordinary heights of drama. The studies, missing the details of a painting, give the impression of phantoms created by the card world and existing in a different reality, like the heroes of a Dostoyevsky novel. Play and Passion in Russian Fine Art. St-Petersburg. 1999. P. 202.

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