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Les-joueurs-de-Jeu-de-Dames-1844

The painting

Les joueurs de Jeu de Dames (The Checkers Players) is a painting, which was created by the French painter Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet (10 June 1819 – 31 December 1877) in 1844. The painting, oil on canvas, is today located at a private collection in Caracas, Venezuela. It measures 34 x 25 cm.

Courbet led the Realist movement in 19th-century French painting. The Realist movement bridged the Romantic movement with the Barbizon School and the Impressionists. He occupies an important place in 19th century French painting as an innovator and as an artist willing to make bold social commentary in his work.

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