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The House of Cards

Autumn's rainy days have always driven children indoors to seek amusement—and this 18th century boy building his house of cards could find many a modern-day counterpart on a wet afternoon. French painter Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, fascinated by the child's concentration, captured the moment and combined still life with a genre scene, subjects he excelled in.

ILLUSTRATION

NATIONAL GALLERY, WASHINGTON, D.C.