Rare Paul Cezanne watercolour study up for auction
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:14PM EDT
A rare watercolour study by Paul Cezanne believed lost for nearly 60 years is being auctioned in New York City where it's expected to sell for up to $20 million.
"A Card Player" is being offered at Christie's Tuesday night.
The watercolour was a study for Cezanne's celebrated series of oil paintings titled "Card Players." It was rediscovered this year in the collection of the late Dr. Heinz Eichenwald, a well-known pediatrics expert from Dallas.
It depicts a man seated at a table wearing a hat and jacket. Rendered in hues of blue and ochre, it was previously known to scholars only from a black-and-white photograph.
The French post-impressionist artist created the five-painting "Card Players" series between 1890 and 1896.