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Joueur De Cartes (A Card Player)
By Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)
Watercolour on laid paper (1892-1896)
Property from the Dr Heinz F Eichenwald Collection
Estimated Price: $15-20 million

Regarded by Picasso as “my one and only master… the father of us all,” the renowned French post-Impressionist painter, Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), is celebrated for connecting late 19th century Impressionism to early 20th century Cubism. Among some of his finest works is the Card Players series of watercolours, oil paintings and sketches. These pieces show male peasants playing cards and smoking pipes in a relaxed setting.

This watercolour study of a card player is thought to be a preparatory work for the series and has not been seen in public since 1953. The painting has been well preserved and the colours still appear vibrant. Cézanne creates a rich tone with shades of blue and ochre. Remarkably, deep textures are created only through Cézanne’s use of watercolours, without any pencil under-sketching. This beautiful study gives rare insight into how Cézanne constructed his artworks, from the tones of colours used to the positioning of figures in the composition.

This painting has re-emerged from the private collection of the late Dr Heinz F Eichenwald, a prominent collector and internationally renowned medical expert.

First published in the Adbuzzzz  Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on April 29, 2012.