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Last Updated:  Friday, 4 April, 2003, 11:23 GMT 12:23 UK
Rare Cézanne goes on display
Paul Cézanne
Cézanne is known as the father of modern painting
One of the last self-portraits by Paul Cézanne has gone on display ahead of a sale of rare Impressionist and modern art paintings.

The works will be on display at Christie's auction house in London until Monday. They will then be sent for auction in New York.

The Portrait de Paul Cézanne is the last self-portrait by the artist still in private hands.

The work, which depicts Cézanne aged about 55, is expected to fetch up to £12.7m in the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in New York on 7 May.

There certainly is a love affair with work from the Impressionist era
Christie's spokeswoman

It is the penultimate of Cézanne's 26 self-portraits.

"This is among the most exquisite self-portraits ever made by an artist," said Nicholas Maclean, of Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art department.

"Not only is it of museum quality, but it also represents perhaps the most human image of himself that Cézanne produced."

Also included in the exhibition is Piet Mondrian's Composition in White, Blue and Yellow, from the mid-1930s.

It is valued at between £3.8m and £5.7m.

Iconic works

Jean Miro, Claude Monet, Paul Gaugin and Pierre Auguste Renoir will also feature in the exhibition.

"There certainly is a love affair with work from the Impressionist era," said a spokeswoman for Christie's.

"They are iconic works that capture people's imagination and are the sorts of things people would love to see in the flesh."

The paintings will be on display until 1630 GMT on Monday - with the exception of Saturday - at Christie's in King Street, London.


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