Rare Cezanne watercolor study coming to NY auction

March 27, 2012 - 11:56 AM
Cezanne Watercolor Study Auction

This undated picture provided by Christie’s shows a rare watercolor study by French artist Paul Cezanne believed lost and last seen in 1953. It will be sold at auction May 1, 2012, by Christie's in New York, where it’s expected to bring up to $20 million. The watercolor is one of Cezanne’s studies for “Card Players,” a five-painting series created between 1890 and 1896. (AP Photo/Christie's)

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare watercolor study by Paul Cezanne believed lost and last seen in 1953 will be auctioned in New York City where it's expected to fetch up to $20 million.

It's being offered May 1 at Christie's.

The work was rediscovered this year in the collection of the late Dr. Heinz Eichenwald, a well-known pediatrics expert from Texas. It's a study for one of the French Post-impressionist's paintings in the series "Card Players," created between 1890 and 1896.

The five-painting series was recently part of a traveling exhibition organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and London's Courtauld Gallery.

It depicts a card player wearing a hat and jacket, rendered in hues of blue and ochre.

It was previously known only from a black-and-white photograph.

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