Roulette Game in Art

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Roulette Game in Art
Marcel Duchamp 'The chess game' 1910 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950 © Association Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP. Copyright Agency, 2019.

No doubt, something is fascinating about the game of Roulette. Whenever you log in to play Roulette in any Indian online roulette casino sites, you get a unique sensation. Something strikes that chord of appeal whenever you place your bets before that rotating wheel. Perhaps it’s the excitement that comes with increased heart rate as you await your fate. Or maybe, it’s the motion of the wheel that beautifully depicts that life is one big circle. It’s probably the beauty of life in retrospect—the dents and flaws of our inadequacies covered up with our hopes for better tomorrow.

For some punters in the course of history, playing this game of luck does not do all the justice. These players see more to this game than just another game of chance. They look into the tables, and they see a legendary game. Using art, these artists have worked their way into immortalizing this game. And so, the canvas of history is beautifully stained with the works of some of these brilliant artists.

As you read, we will look at some of Roulette’s notable mentions in the history of Arts.
Notable Mentions of Roulette in the History of Art

19th Century Etchings
The first appearance of the Roulette wheel in art dates back to the 19th century. The classic etchings featured men having curled hair and in cropped jackets and military trousers. The men typically sit by their roulette tables, and dealers using their long spoons to place their bets and collect their winnings. It’s beautiful seeing that the game rules have not changed even with centuries of years behind it.

At the Roulette Table, 1892
Created by Edvard Munch, this piece is one of the most famous paintings featuring the Roulette. At the moment, this excellent piece of art stays in Monte Carlo, a Casino in Monaco. The detailed expressionist oil painting shows the glamour and money that the roulette table attracted as far back as the 19th century.

There is a group of men formally dressed and crowded around the legendary green table in the picture. There in the picture, you will see the classic roulette wheel sited with majesty. Even after 100 years since Edvard created this art piece, the Roulette still offers the same appeal. Many people still troop into Monte Carlo to sit at these historic tables to play Roulette to attest to this.

Monte Carlo Bond, 1924
For the French-American conceptual Artist Marcel Duchamp, it’s the mystery and mystique of the Roulette. Duchamp was said to have loved the game to shock. And so, in 1924, he created what he called the “Obligations pour la roulette de Monte Carlo” or the Monte Carlo Bond.

Duchamp created a unique system of Roulette using the laws of chance. To attract investors, he created bonds for his newly created scheme. Each bond was a collage and was a picture of Duchamp’s head taken by Man Ray at the roulette wheel’s center. The photo shows Duchamp’s head covered with shaving foam to add a bit of humor.

Unfortunately, Duchamp’s idea of making money from the system failed at the time. However, several years later, it turned out to be a profitable idea. In 2011, after 87 years, the artwork raised a dazzling $1 082,500 at an auction sale in New York at Christie’s Auction House.

Green Table, 1974
This piece, with its bold tones, was created by the American artist LeRoy Neiman. For those who prefer seeing pictures with a chaos of color and texture, this is the perfect piece. As you stare into the catchy picture, the roulette wheel is the main focus of the painting. The scene brims with full activity and energy, with men and women crowding around the wheel. You can almost feel the hearts beating as the drama seems to unfold. While you stare into the painting, the scene looks familiar. It is the same drama that has drawn players all over the world to this mysterious table.

Chinese Roulette
The appeal of the Roulette spreads around the world. From France, where the game was invented in the 1700s, its impact extends to the far East in China.

Huang Yong Ping, a famous Chinese-French avantgarde artist, famously created a piece that stirs discussion to date. He took some part of the roulette wheel, and he made it a part of his provocative and outrageous artworks.

Huang Yong Ping was so engrossed with the idea of chance that Roulette represented. For that reason, he worked on the roulette theme for three years between 1985 and 1988.

During this period, he picked six distinct wheels, and he covered them in different icons. Now here’s the exciting part. Each painting was to decide its destiny as regards color and content. His work was a result of chance, and like many call it, “Painting by Numbers.”

Nirvana, 2019
Down the line of history, Roulette continues to inspire the creation of many artworks. Very recently, in 2019, another Chinese conceptual artist, Xu Zhen, created this mind-blowing piece. His inspiration comes from Roulette.

The piece of artwork pushes boundaries in the mind of observers. At its center, there are six gaming tables of full size standing on a classic casino carpet. Aside from the tables’ size, the striking feature of the art is that it uses colored sand against the regular green baize for the tables.

Thanks to Nirvana’s beauty and the hard work of Xu Zhen, Nirvana sold for 350,000 dollars.

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