Cézanne's card players at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Cézanne's card players at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Feb. 17 2011 7:20 AM

Cézanne's Card Players

Art with a quietly subversive message.

Slide Show: Cézanne’s Gamble. Click image to launch.
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Click here to read a slide-show essay on Cézanne's card players.

Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.

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