Bezique Clique

Contributed by: Rus Calisch



The bridge club, which met every week
Was annoyed to discover a clique

Of malcontents saying,

We'd rather be playing

A couple of hands of Bézique.




Note: Bezique, (French: Bézique), a card game, in its most simplest form is a melding and trick-taking card game for two players. The game, reportedly, originated first in France in the early seventeenth century from the game Piquet and achieved its greatest popularity in the United Kingdom in the mid-nineteenth century. According to the publications of that era the most famous proponent of the game was Mr. Winston Churchill, who was an avid player and early expert even of the game of Six-Pack, or Chinese Bézique. There is some evidence that the English writers Mr. Wiklie Collins, a novelist and playwright, and Crsihtina Georgina Rossett, a poet, were also enthusiastic players of the game.

Note: The picture below, titled The Game Bézique, is by Mr. Gustave Caillebotte, born August 19, 1848 and died February 21, 1894. He was a French painter, member and patron of the group of artists later known as Impressionists. This artist, however, painted in a much more realistic manner than many other artists in the group and of that era. He was a member of a fringe group, which could have been designated as avant garde. Mr. Gustave Caillebotte was also quite well known for his early interest in photography as an artform, a technological device which held great promise for recording moments in time, the core concept of paintings.

Note: Impressionism is a theory or style of painting originating and developed in France during the 1870s, characterized by concentration on the immediate visual impression produced by a scene and by the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light.