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A Game of Billiards Poster
A Game of Billiards

Louis-Leopold Boilly(1761-1845)

Medium: Oil on canvas
Year: 1807
Housed at: Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
Recommended printing size at 300 PPI: 27x16 in
Closest to original: Approx. 31.9x22 in
Maximum at 100+ PPI: 72x42.7 in

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Boilly's painting encapsulates the era of social change in France after the Revolution of 1789, with its affirmation of new tastes and norms of behaviour. During the period of the Directory and the First Empire, billiard rooms became like clubs to which people came not only to play the game but also to meet friends, to make new acquaintances, to gossip and flirt. Here titbits of family and society news wereexchanged, the latest political and social events were discussed.

The main character of the painting is a woman playing billiards, which testifies to the liberal manners of Napoleon I's age, since before that only men were fond of this game. Boilly's fine observation and presentation of characteristic figures of different ages and social groupings, as well as his skill in conveying light, space, details of the interior and costume, rank him among the greatest genre painters of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Credit: Hermitage Museum
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Louis-Léopold Boilly (5 July 1761 – 4 January 1845) was a French painter. A number of his paintings vividly document the French middle-class social life of his time.

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