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Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Artists and Chess 2


Maximo Juderias Caballero (1867-1951) was born in Saragossa, Spain. He decorated many of the palaces of Madrid with his paintings. He developed his profession as an artist during his youth in Paris, where he lived for 25 years. He developed a unique style of paintings set in 17th century costumes. He held several art exhibitions in Paris, New York, Madrid, and Barcelona. He painted “Una Partida de Ajedrez” (A Game of Chess), an oil on canvas painting which was sold by Sotheby’s in London in 2000, then Christie’s in New York in 2001.

Giulio Campi (1508-1573) was an Italian painter and architect. In 1550, he painted “La Partita a Scacchi” (A Game of Chess) which hangs in the Musei Civici Arte Moderne in Turin (Torino), Italy.

Henri Caro-Delvaille (1860-1943) was a French painter. In 1904, he painted “Ma Femme et Ses Souers” (My Wife and her Sisters), depicting a game of chess between two ladies.

Ludovico Carracci (1555-1619) was an Italian, early-Baroque painter, etcher, and printmaker. In 1590, he painted “I Giocatori di Scacchi,” (the two chess players) which hangs in the Gemaldegalerie art museum in Berlin.

Stanislaus von Chlebowski (1835-1884) was a Polish painter and was a renowned specialist in oriental themes. He attended the art academy of St. Petersburg and was later invited to serve as a royal painter in the court of Sultan Abdulaziz.He painted “Chess Players.”


Nicolai Cikovsky (1894-1987) was a Russian painter who left Russia in 1923 and settle in New York City. He painted, “Chess” with two men playing chess, and another man watching. The chess board was set up wrong (black square was to the right).


Joseph Clark (1834-1926) was a British painter that captured the spirit of Victorian England. In 1860, he painted “The Chess Players,” which was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. In 1876, he painted “Checkmate.”

Richard Creifelds (1853-1939) was an American painter. In 1886, he painted “The Veterans” which is in the Brooklyn Museum but not on view. It depicts two older men playing chess, and another older man standing and watching.

Girolamo da Cremona (fl. 1451-1483) was an Italian Renaissance painter, illuminator and miniaturist of manuscripts and early printed books. He painted Partita a scacchii” (Game of Chess) around 1480, which hangs in the New York Metropolitan Museum.

George Cruikshank (1792-1878) was a British caricaturist and book illustrator. In 1835, he sketched in color “Game of Chess” for the publishing house H. Humphrey.

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva (1908-1992) was a Portuguese-French abstractionist painter. In 1948, she painted “Jacque Mate.”

Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was a very prominent Spanish Catalan surrealist painter. In 1940, he painted “Two Pieces of Bread, Expressing the Sentiment of Love.” It depicts some slices of bread, a few crumbs, and a chess pawn. It painted it after playing a chess game with Marcel Duchamp. He also designed chess sets with pieces modeled after his fingers and other objects. The set later sold for over $23,000.

Josef Danhauser (1805-1845) was an Austrian painter who worked mostly in Vienna. In 1839, he painted “Game of Chess,” depicting a Hungarian noble woman and a banker playing chess with several onlookers.

William Daniels (1813-1880) was known as the Rembrandt of Liverpool. He painted “The Chess Players.” It depicts a warehouseman named Mr. Breeze playing chess with his brother-in-law as Mrs. Breeze brings in some refreshments.

Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) was a French printmaker, caricaturist, painter, and sculptor. In 1865, he painted “Les Joueurs d’échecs” (The chess players), which hangs in the Musee du Petit-Palais in Paris.

Cornelis de Man (1621-1706) was a Dutch Golden Age painter. In 1670, he painted “The Chess Players.” It is a painting of a man and a woman playing chess. The painting hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts (Szepmuveszeti Muzeum) in Budapest, Hungary.

Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) was a French Romantic artist and a leader of the French Romantic School. In July 1847, he painted “Arabs Playing Chess.” The painting hangs in the National Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland. Delacroix visited North Africa in 1832 and he remembered the scene of Arabs playing chess in the streets. Delacroix said he used “baby’s eyelashes” to paint “Arabs Playing Chess.”

Ludwig Deutsch (1855-1935) was an Austrian-born French Academic painter who painted “The Chess Game” in 1896. It depicts two Muslim players at a game of chess.

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