Wordless Wednesday: The Card Players, Ernest Meissonier

The Card Players - Ernest Meissonier
By Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Leenie Brown fell in love with Jane Austen's works when she first read Sense and Sensibility followed immediately by Pride and Prejudice in her early teens. As the second of five daughters and an avid reader, she has always loved to see where her imagination takes her and to play with and write about the characters she meets along the way. In 2013, these two loves collided when she stumbled upon the world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction. A year later, in 2014, she began writing her own Austen-inspired stories and began publishing them in 2015. Leenie lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two teenage boys and her very own Mr. Brown (a wonderful mix of all the best of Darcy, Bingley and Edmund with healthy dose of the teasing Mr. Tillney and just a dash of the scolding Mr. Knightley).

2 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: The Card Players, Ernest Meissonier”

  1. The faces of the two players are tellling us who is winning that game! A delightful painting. The posture, the expressions are just so good and so realistic. The draping of the fabrics never ceases to astonish me. This is a particularly fine example of that, and the way the clothes fit the bodies is just perfect. I am also enraptured with the wonderful old building, which was probably rather old at the time it was painted. The old wooden shutters are very attractive, and I like that he showed the toll the weather and time was taking on them. I love it when an artist uses such interesting faces and expressions, and when he or she doesn’t paint the same face over and over again. In a fit of pique, I once threw a magazine across the room because everyone, men, women and children had the exact same face and expression. They looked like Stepford people about to go crazy and attack an unsuspecting town,who no doubt looked just like them! In my defense, I was seven or eight at the time, and I loved magazine illustrations, just not that one. I do love Mondays and Wednesdays. You give me so much to appreciate, and of course there are your books. I own all of them and look forward to a new one. Thanks Leenie.

    1. You’re welcome! I am always delighted to know that someone appreciates these paintings as much as I do. There is just so much life to this one — weathered and beaten, perhaps, but life. And I think that weathered look makes it feel even more like a scene you could happen across. :)

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