Arts Everyday Living: A House of Cards—The Solitary Player

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A HOUSE OF CARDS

THE SOLITARY PLAYER

 

Jean-Simeon Chardin, House of Cards, 1736-1737, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London, UK

A structure or plan that is insubstantial and subject to imminent collapse, as a structure made by balancing playing cards against each other.

House of Cards, definition, from dictionary. com

French 18th century artist Jean-Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) was a master of genre scenes such as House of Cards (a theme repeated by the painter), recreating the everyday activities of the rising middle class.

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