Like Cézanne, Adler gives volume to his shapes using brush strokes oriented in distinctive directions, to create the visual impression of planes intersected at different angles. Cézanne was one of the artists with the strongest impact on modern art, including in Eastern Europe, as can be seen in the work of Adolf Adler. Unlike the Impressionists, Cézanne was not only interested in color and light, but also construction and volume.
Surfaces that are actually of a unitary color, acquire on bright areas brushstrokes of warm colors and shaded surfaces, cold colors, especially blue. In addition to the rendering mechanisms of the volume, the influence of Cézanne can be seen also in the way the color is treated, as well as the prominent contour with which the bodies in the work are bordered.
Moving away from Cézanne, Adler uses oil, on small areas of the work, in a freer manner, completely detached from the subject represented. In the case of these surfaces, all that matters is the contrast of the colors themselves and the play of transparency and texture. Through this, the artist approaches as a style several avant-garde movements, contemporary to him.
The work presents a realistic subject (two cowherds playing chess), executed in an impressionist manner in the open air. This style is enhanced by the contrast between the top-left area, illuminated and the two boys rendered in the shadows. The characters in the foreground occupy a large surface of composition and the cows are placed in the background, which reveals the artist's great interest in the human condition of the characters and less for their activity. The Impressionist manner is solved by using a thick paste.
Children playing chess on the pasture
oil, cardboard, 28 x 29.5 cm
on the back:
label no. of the Quadro Gallery: 1771
DJC Cluj stamp
Condition of the work:
Satu Mare, 1917 - Israel, 1996
Remembering those lost in the Holocaust. The artist is also known for his figurative and landscape paintings.