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Paul Cezanne's study A Card Player, recently discovered in the collection of a Dallas doctor
Paul Cezanne’s study A Card Player, recently discovered in the collection of a Dallas doctor


Mar. 27, 2012

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A “lost” Paul Cézanne study for the painter’s famous “Card Players” series has been discovered in the home of a late Dallas collector, whose widow is selling the work May 1 at Christie’s New York for an estimated $15 million-$20 million, the New York Timesreports.

Cézanne scholars knew about a black-and-white photograph of the watercolor, depicting gardener Paulin Paulet, who is the only figure to appear in all five of the “Card Players” paintings, but did not know the whereabouts of the actual work, titled A Card Player.

The painting belonged to Dr. Heinz F. Eichenwald, whose father, the Times reports, bought the work in Berlin around 1930 and brought it with him to New York when he fled from Nazi Germany. Eichenwald died in September and his widow is selling the work, along with the rest of their 19th-century art collection.

Experts believe Cézanne painted the study at the same time as he created the famous work now hanging in the Musée d’Orsay, which has similar rust, green and gray tones. 

A Card Player hasn’t been exhibited in the U.S. since 1953, in the exhibition ”French Art Around 1900 -- From van Gogh to Matisse,” at Fine Arts Associates in New York. It goes up at Christie’s Geneva, Apr. 17-18, 2012, then at Christie’s New York, Apr. 27, 2012.

In February, Alexandra Peers reported in Vanity Fair that the long-lost fifth “Card Players” painting was sold to the Qatari royal family for $250 million, which would make it the most expensive work of art ever sold.

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