Endgame by Davis W. Morton

ENDGAME / 1992 / oil on canvas / 24" x 30"  SOLD... Read a painting comment below...

      Throughout the year, regardless of the weather, chess players from every walk of life play their game on Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. In my chess paintings I use the game to represent what it already represents, the game of living. In the “Endgame” of chess, there is always a moment when we know for certain that the game is won or lost.
     In this painting, one man has just made the move that will win the game no matter what his opponent does. But until the game is won, he resists the false security that even a smile might bring. The other man makes no effort to hide his reaction as the knowledge of his fate runs him over, like the “DC Transit” bus.
     But beyond the fleeting satisfaction that comes from winning, do the winners of the game grow and learn as much as the people they have beaten? In this other Endgame, it seems a paradox of chess is that the losers can most often be the winners and vice-versa.