Art, Auction Sales

Rediscovered Masterpieces by Cezanne and de Lempicka to be Auctioned

Reuters reports that a rare, pristine Paul Cezanne watercolor, which has not been seen in public since 1953, is expected to sell for as much as $20 million at Christie’s in May. The late 19th-century work on paper is one of Cezanne’s preparatory studies for his seminal Card Players series of five paintings, “Joueurs des cartes.”

PAUL CÉZANNE (1839-1906) Joueur des cartes (A Card Player), 1892-1896 Watercolor on laid paper, Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd.

Its whereabouts had been unknown for decades until it re-emerged from the collection of a doctor in Texas. The auction house found the drawing when it was working with the estate of Dr. Heniz Eichenwald, who died in September at the age of 85.  Rediscovered Cezanne masterpiece to lead N.Y. auction

Sotheby’s reports: A major work by the modern artist Tamara de Lempicka, thought to be lost since the 1920s and only recently brought to light, will be offered in our Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art on 2 May 2012. Nu adossé I is a classic example of the artist’s elegant and sensuous aesthetic and was included in her groundbreaking solo exhibition at Milan’s Bottega di Poesia gallery in 1925, the same year it was painted. Following that exhibition, the painting effectively disappeared from view until Sotheby’s was contacted by the owner late last year.

Tamara de Lempicka, Nu adossé I, © 2012 Sotheby's

The painting will be shown in London, prior to exhibition and sale in New York this spring, and is estimated at $3/5 million. Sotheby’s  PRESS OFFICE | March 26, 2012 10:12 AM
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