Image: via Bernews
This watercolour of a wooded area entitled “Groupe d’arbres” painted by Paul Cézanne around 1890 was confiscated by the British Secret Intelligence Service in Bermuda during the Second World War.  It was part of a collection of 270 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and drawings by Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin, Degas, Manet, Monet and Picasso, which was being shipped to the US to raise money for Nazi espionage activities in North America.  While most of the confiscated artworks were eventually divided and returned after the war, this painting was somehow left behind.  Cézanne's painting recently re-surfaced in a vault in the curatorial wing of the National Gallery in Ottawa where the  consignment had been sent to escape Bermuda's high humidity.  



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