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Paul Cezanne: Fame at Last

Until the 1890's, Cezanne's work was seen only by a handful of people. Although his paintings could be bought in Pere Tanguy's tiny Paris art shop, he was virtually unknown in the capital - indeed, people spoke of him as if he were already dead. In 1895, the art dealer Ambroise Vollard - on the insistence of Cezanne's loyal supporter Pissarro - organized a one-man show for him in Paris. Cezanne sent 150 canvases from Aix, and although Vollard's shop was too small to show them all, the exhibition marked the beginning of his increasing fame.

(Sale of the century - left) On October 1958, 1,400 art lovers and thousands of television viewers witnessed a record-breaking sale at Sotheby's auction rooms in London. The American collector Paul Mellon bought Cezanne's Boy in Red Waistcoat for $616,000 - then the highest price ever paid for a modern painting.

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