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Playing Cards and Art: Alexandre Alexeieff

Alexandre Alexandrovitch Alexeieff (18 April 1901 – 9 August 1982) was a Russian Empire-born artist, filmmaker and illustrator who lived and worked mainly in Paris. He and his second wife Claire Parker (1910–1981) are credited with inventing the pinscreen as well as the animation technique totalization. In all Alexeieff produced 6 films on the pinscreen, 41 advertising films and illustrated 41 books.

Alexander’s colour wood engravings for Pushkin’s The Queen of Spades (1923).

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Posted by on 07.07.2013 in Playing Cards and Art

 

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Playing Cards and Art: Gaetano Bellei

Italian artist Gaetano Bellei (1857-1922) dedicated some of his artworks (oil paintings) to playing card gamers. He liked to depict old people for this series of his artworks. Look how masterfully he conveyed emotions of players. I have to think that his choice of old people was not random. As a rule old people are more sincere in their emotions as they left their poker faces in their youth 🙂 I guess that is why these artworks based on Gaetano’s talent look so convincingly.

The Players Choice

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Posted by on 16.06.2013 in Playing Cards and Art

 

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Playing Cards and Art: Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (November 12, 1844 – January 24, 1934) was an American artist, mainly known for his paintings of dogs playing poker. See some of them.

A Bold Bluff

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Posted by on 02.06.2013 in Playing Cards and Art

 

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Playing Cards and Art: Tableware

Kate Spade: Crystal Gin Rummy Whiskey Decanter and Glasses

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Steuben Glass: Four Suits Vodka Set

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Posted by on 28.03.2013 in Playing Cards and Art

 

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Gallery

The “Kwadro Kwin” by Otto Bjornik

The “Kwadro Kwin” by Otto Bjornik. These are 4 queen sisters named Qortni, Quilla, Qiana, and Quarta. Bjornik plans on releasing a 3” Kwadro Kwin set sometime in January 2013.

It has been written that ‘War is the trade of kings.’  But we all know that behind every great king, there lies an even more powerful queen.  This is the story of four sisters who were each destined for royalty.  They were the beautiful daughters of a wealthy nobleman who lived in the Center Valley.  They spent their days playing spirited rounds of mahjong and betting against each other in lively, trash-talk-laden games of marbles.
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Posted by on 03.02.2013 in Playing Cards and Art

 

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