Rare Cézanne watercolour soars to $19M US sale in New York
The Associated Press
Posted: May 2, 2012 8:57 AM ET
Last Updated: May 2, 2012 8:56 AM ET
A rare watercolour study by Paul Cézanne believed lost for nearly 60 years fetched more than $19 million US at a New York auction on Tuesday.A rare watercolor study by French artist Paul Cézanne, believed lost and last seen in 1953, has sold for more than $19 million US at a New York auction. (Christie's/Associated Press)
Christie's auction house said A Card Player sold to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. The price included the buyer's premium.
The watercolour was a study for Cézanne's celebrated series of oil paintings titled Card Players.
It was rediscovered this year in the collection of the late Dr. Heinz Eichenwald, a well-known collector from Dallas, Texas.
The painting shows a man in a hat and jacket seated at a table. Rendered in hues of blue and ochre, it was previously known to scholars only from a black-and-white photograph.
The French post-impressionist artist created the five-painting Card Players series between 1890 and 1896.
The preparatory study offers a rare glimpse into Cézanne's creative process. The figure in the painting is that of Paulin Paulet, a gardener on Cézanne's estate near Aix-en-Provence, France. It was last displayed at a New York gallery in 1953.
Christie's said Eichenwald inherited the work from his father. Its presale estimate was $15 million to $20 million.
The Courtauld Gallery in London exhibited the five-painting series in 2010; the exhibition travelled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year.
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