A group of gentlemen are in the midst of a challenging game of cards in this stunning genre scene by German artist Fritz Wagner. His incredible gift for detail is evident in this faithful scene, entitled Too Close to Call. Ranked among the great early 20th-century German artists, his skillful draftsmanship and beautifully rendered figures distinguish his magnificent canvases.
Wagner specialized in depicting the common man of 19th-century Germany engaging in leisurely activities in public gathering places. In Too Close to Call, three gentlemen are enthralled in a tense card game, as one of the men ponders his next move. Their emotive faces and detailed dress give the impression that they are common folk, perhaps relaxing after a long day’s work. The interior is rustic yet inviting, displaying Wagner’s gift for using atmosphere and soft color to create a scene that engages the viewer.
Canvas: 27 3/4″ high x 23 7/8″ wide
Frame: 34 7/8” high x 31 1/2” wide