A Game of Dice
A French Baroque artist, and member of a family of French painters, Joseph Parrocel settled in Paris in 1675. He was noted for his battle scenes, and he also painted landscapes. In Game of Dice he combines both interests. From 1667-75 Parrocel lived in Italy where he came under the influence of the Neopolitan Salvator Rosa's (1615-1673) romantic Baroque style and the intensity of his color, so this may be a work done soon after his Italian trip.
On a hilltop under a large tree, three soldiers (two in armor) are playing a game, possibly using mussel shells. A distant hill town is seen on the right. There is a vivid blue sky with dramatic clouds, and strong lights and shadows. According to Antoine Schnapper in The Picker Art Gallery Annual Report, Parrocel's use of rich impasto, close-up figures, and intense blues in this painting are similar to his paintings for the Salle du Grand Couvert at Versailles done from 1685 to 1688.
Schnapper, Antoine. "A New Parrocel at The Picker Art Gallery," The Picker Art Gallery Annual Report/Bulletin 2, no. 1 (1985-1986): 8-17.