cezanne-christies Paule Cézanne, Vue sur L'Estaque et Le Château d'If, 1883–85 (left)
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Culture minister Ed Vaizey has prevented Vue sur L'Estaque et Le Château d'If, 1883–85, from leaving the UK until December in an attempt to find a buyer from the UK who will match the price it was purchased at auction by American art advisor Nancy Whyte.

Vaizey commented: "For almost 30 years this quietly beautiful painting has adorned the walls of the Fitzwilliam Museum where it has been enjoyed by countless visitors."

"The painting will soon be back on the walls of one of our great public collections."

The work was bought in 1936 by Samuel Courtauld for his private collection, who donated all of the Cézanne works he owned to his Courtauld Institute of Art, except for Vue sur L'Estaque et Le Château d'If.

cezanne-courtauld-christies-feb-2015-e1418811228881 Paule Cézanne, Vue sur L'Estaque et Le Château d'If, 1883–85
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