Gamblers Quarreling - 1665
Jan STEEN (1625/26? - 1679)

Paint on canvas, 69.9 x 88.3 cm

Jan Steen: Gamblers Quarreling

Detroit Institute of Art

This scene portrays a fight over a gambling game in a tavern. We can see playing cards scattered all over the place, as well as a backgammon board that was dropped or thrown onto the floor. Although we can not see that any cheating actually took place during the game, we can conclude with a certain amount of certainty that at least one of the players was caught, or accused of cheating, which led to a fight. From the looks of it we can also conclude that alcohol played its role in the setting of the overall mood.