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Picturing a World

Cézanne Coda

Picture this! Renoir once noted "that it was not uncommon to discover watercolors from his [Cézanne's] hand discarded in the  fields around Aix-en-Provence, sprouting here and there like the forgotten verses of an absent-minded poet" (Matthew Simms, Cézanne's Watercolors, p. 146). Image via MOMA.
Why does the idea of finding a scrap of Cézanne watercolor stuck in the grass fill me with joyous wonder while the news that Paul Allen's oil painting of Mont Sainte-Victoire is expected to bring $100 million at auction elicits a slight shudder?

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