Checker Players

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Luce Center Label
Two boys sit engrossed in a game of checkers, each focusing intently on his next move. The dark, featureless interior draws our attention to the players' rigid poses. The lack of movement, somber tones, and carefully balanced composition create a serious image around a familiar game, something that is usually viewed as carefree and fun.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 15B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
ca. 1895
Object number
1967.136.4
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Orrin Wickersham June
Artist
Thomas Anshutz, born Newport, KY 1851-died Fort Washington, PA 1912
Topic
Children
Recreation\sport and play\checkers
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
16 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (40.8 x 51.0 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Painting