Art and Antiques

Paul Cezanne’s long-lost masterpiece ‘Card Players’ estimated to fetch $20 million

Andrea Divirgilio / April 27, 2012

A hallmark for European Cubic art, Paul Cezanne’s ‘The Card Players’, garnered much attention in art world and the demand amongst collectors still continues to be tremendous. After its most famous piece from the series of 5 paintings sold for $250 million, another water color edition of the painting has come forward after nearly 60 years of hiding in the private collection of Dr. Heinz F Eichenwald. The painting will now change hands at the Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction on May1, where price estimations for it range between $15 million to $20 million. Rather well preserved with the original colors still intact and just as vibrant since creation, the painting remains in an optimum condition, which should turn extra number of biddings in its favor.

Paul Cezzane and 'The Card Player' painting

Painted between 1892 and 1896, ‘The Card Players’ has always been the center of attention, especially those who have taken to modern art and post-impressionism in a big way. Even cubic art lovers are known to cherish this masterpiece series, which was created with water colors on paper. This particular painting shows one of the card players individually, in a full view format with his legs placed under the table, holding the cards in his hands. Most art connoisseurs say that the main masterpieces closest link in this particular one, which most probably, depicts the precluding scene. They also mention that the man seen seated, is actually a gardener named Paulin Paulet, who worked near the estate where Paul Cezanne and his family is known to have lived. He also makes appearances in the other editions leading to the final one in the series of paintings. Cezanne is known to have created it, after he took fancy to people who haven’t changed their habits with time, despite their progressing age, Paulet being the best possible example according to him.

This art piece was in the collection of Dr. Heinz F Eichenwald, who was a migrant to the U.S. during his childhood days. The family along with the other assets, had bought along this art piece which is now stated to go on auction in May.

Via: Christies

UPDATE: Card Player,” by Cézanne was fetched $19,122,500. The painting was expected to sell between $15 million to $20 million.

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