A Cézanne Resurfaces, Shedding Light on a Series
Christie's Images Ltd. "A Card Player" (1892-96), a watercolor study by Cézanne, has turned up in a private collection.
For nearly six decades a Cézanne watercolor depicting Paulin Paulet, a gardener on the artist’s family estate near Aix-en-Provence, was familiar to scholars only as a black-and-white photograph. No one knew if the actual work, a study for Cézanne’s celebrated “Card Players” paintings, still existed and, if it did, who owned it.
But the watercolor recently surfaced in the home of a Dallas collector and is now heading to auction at Christie’s in New York on May 1, officials at the company said on Monday. It is estimated to sell for $15 million to $20 million.
Cézanne’s images of workers on his family farm — pipe-smoking men sitting around a table, their expressions dour, their dress drab, absorbed in a game of cards — are among his most recognizable works. Some are pictured alone; others are shown in groups of two or more. Paulet is the only one of the figures to appear in all five paintings in the “Card Players” series.
Cézanne executed the “Card Players” from 1890 to ’96, at the same time he was creating nudes in his “Bathers” series and soon after he experimented with landscapes in his canvases of Mont Sainte-Victoire. They were Cézanne’s 19th-century take on genre paintings made famous by 17th-century Dutch masters.
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