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Works of Art Relating to Pool, Billiards, or Snooker

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Artists Work Involving Billiards:

A Game of Billiards, by Boilly, Louis-Leopold. Oil on Canvas, 1807. 56x81cm. Painting part of the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in Russia. I am particularly fond of the table placement under the skylight. The following text is from the museum's web site as well as a link to the museum page displaying the image in a slightly higher resolution: "This is the best of the nine canvases by Boilly in the museum. The artist depicted people playing cannon: there are only three balls on a billiard table without pockets, one red and two white. This is a Paris billiard hall at the time of the First Empire. Such halls became a kind of a club, where people could gather for amusement, to share information and exchange opinions. The fact that women could play equally with men revealed that important social changes were taking place. Combining the characters of the scene into groups, Boilly emphasizes the grace of their poses and gestures and creates an almost theatrical composition which reflects the austerity of the dominant Neo-Classical style."


Billiards, by Alonzo Perez, Print on Paper, 1896. Perez was a well known and popular artist in the late 19th century. His work was mostly exhibited during that time in Paris, London, and Madrid. Perez creates great linear perspective by using straight lines such as in the marble floor tiles, doorways, and the framing of the massive window at left to suggest depth.


Interiors of the Winter Palace. The Billiard Room of Emperor Alexander II, by Edward Petrovich Hau, Watercolor on Paper, c. mid 19th century, 27.5x38cm. Currently in the collection of The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.


The Billiard Room, by Nicolas Antoine Taunay (French, 1755–1830), Oil on wood; 16.2 x 21.9 cm. Part of The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.49), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.


Raymond Ceulemans Cigar Labels, c. Late 1960s. Paper cigar labels produced to commemorate Raymond's success at all the different disciplines of carom billiards. By the late 1960s, Ceulemans was considered the greatest player to ever play the game of billiards. Interestingly, Ceulemans has gone on to virtually dominate the sport. Ceulemans has won more than 125 major titles winning his last World Championship just last year (2003).

 

 
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