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Michel Olivier

Checkers Artist Michel Barthelemy Olivier

Michel Olivier from 1712 to 1784, near Marseille, France.

The Game of Checkers by Michel Olivier

The Game of Checkers by Artist Michel Olivier.
  • French painter Michel Olivier, served an apprenticeship with Carle Vanloo before going to Spain in 1734 with Carle’s nephew, Louis-Michel, who was appointed court painter to King Philip V that same year.

  • Olivier returned to France many years later in 1763 and joined the Académie de St. Luc in Paris, where he exhibited a portrait of his wife in 1764.

  • In 1766, Michel Olivier received official recognition by the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture and he became the court painter of Louis François I.

  • Game of checkers artist Michel Olivier's four major surviving works were created for this new patron:
    1. Afternoon Tea at the Temple.
    2. Feast Given to the Prince of Brunswick–Lüneburg at l’Isle-Adam in 1766.
    3. Stag Caught in the Water in Front of the Château of l’Isle-Adam.
    4. Supper of the Prince of Conti.

  • From 1769 to 1782, Olivier exhibited numerous paintings with a historical, figurative theme.

  • The Game of Checkers, though now a restored work sold as prints of the original oil painting is an example of his genre style combining attractive portraiture with finely colored conversations ‘espagnoles’, which included exotic figures from his time spent in Spain.

  • The main features of his style were his felicitous and effective choice of warm, rich color harmonies and his meticulous, delicate brushwork to create the mood and atmosphere of the setting as displayed in the quiet, gentile setting surrounding the checkers game.

  • In the original painting, Game of Checkers, though his approach was certainly representational, artist Michel Olivier conveyed an intimate and romantic mood surrounding the players at the checkerboard in the garden.









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Wonder Mugs Play checkers online, and enjoy drinking from this cool wonder mug.
When adding hot liquid, the colors of the mug will change, checkers cool.

Checkers is a two-player game, where one player is assigned white-chip checkers and the other red. The aim is to play checkers online, capture all of the other player's checkers or make them impossible to move.

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