Historic Cezanne Painting Seized In Bermuda Resurfaces

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Seized in Bermuda during World War Two [1939-1945] as part of a priceless collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art being shipped to the US to raise money for Nazi espionage activities in North America, a long-lost watercolour by Paul Cézanne has re-surfaced in Canada’s National Gallery in Ottawa, as Bernews.com reports.

The painting “Groupe d’arbres” [“Group of Trees”] has been located in a vault in the gallery’s curatorial wing, the last remnant of a vast collection of art including works by Renoir, Gauguin, Degas, Picasso and others which, after being confiscated by the British Secret Intelligence Service in Bermuda, was later sent to Canada to escape the island’s withering humidity

“In October, 1940, the famous Vollard collection of impressionist paintings worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was consigned by the Vichy authorities [in German-occupied France — a Nazi puppet state which maintained diplomatic relations with the US] to a French…

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