Chess Art – Famous chess paintings


      A photo of a copy at Täby Chess Club of a section of a painting at Schacksalongerna by the Finnish-Swedish artist Annti Favén. Several strong players of the early 20th century are portrayed: Tarrasch, Marshall, Janowsky, Burn, Bernstein.

A photo of a copy at Täby Chess Club of a section of a painting at Schacksalongerna by the Finnish-Swedish artist Annti Favén. Several strong players of the early 20th century are portrayed: Tarrasch, Marshall, Janowsky, Burn, Bernstein.

Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make people happy. Siegbert Tarrasch

Alekhine is a poet who creates a work of art out of something that would hardly inspire another man to send home a picture postcard. Max Euwe

Not all artists are chess players, but all chess players are artists. Marcel Duchamp

I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art – and much more. It cannot be commercialised. Chess is much purer than art in its social position. Marcel Duchamp

The history of this game is lost in the mist of time. Already present in the tombs of the Egyptian Pharaohs, known in the Nordic cultures, there are a lot of artistic representations about its presence in different civilizations. As the popularity of chess became widespread during the 15th and 16th centuries, so too did the number of paintings depicting the subject. Continuing into the 20th century, artists created works related to the game often taking inspiration from the life of famous players or well-known games. An unusual connection between art and chess is the life of Marcel Duchamp, who in 1923 almost fully suspended his artistic career to focus on chess.

What could have possibly intrigued so much all these artists? Chess is an image of life. The game has several conventional connotations, including intellectual virtuosity, political struggle, and artistic resourcefulness! It is at the same time a sport, a science and an art.
 

Chess in Paintings

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