The men are playing tric-trac (a form of backgammon), and a woman is scoring on the side of the board with a piece of chalk. On the right, a wood stove diffuses heat into the room. It is not clear whether this is a simple scene from everyday life, or a representation of gambling as a symbol of idleness and mortality. Thin bright brushstrokes render the shimmering effect of the figures’ silk clothes. Duyster signed the painting on the carpet border. There is a similar painting by Duyster of tric-trac players in Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum).
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