A painting by French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne is threatening to leave the UK for the first time since 1937.
Ezanne’s 1882 painting Ferme Normande, Ete (Hattenville) may leave the nation unless a British buyer can be found.
The painting, which is one of four depictions of a place in Normandy by Cezanne, has a suggested retail price of £10 million.
The work came to Britain after being bought by English industrialist and art collector Samuel Courtauld in 1937.
Art Minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay said: “Paul Cezanne was one of the most important Post-Impressionist painters and influenced artists such as Matisse and Picasso.
“This stunning work marks an important moment in his career as his style and use of brushstrokes evolved in a new direction.
“I hope a UK buyer chimes in so it can be enjoyed by all for years to come.”
The painting has been placed on a temporary export ban, giving a UK gallery or institution time to acquire the work, ending July 31.
The decision to grant the export ban comes on the advice of the Review Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, which agreed that the painting has an important historical connection to Courtauld’s collection and represents a transitional moment in Cezanne’s career.
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Committee member Christopher Baker said: “Cezanne’s Landscape was purchased by Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947) in 1937, the last of a remarkable group of twelve paintings by the artist Courtauld to be acquired: it played a seminal role in establishing a craze for Impressionists and Post-Impressionists Painting in Britain.”
He added: “Because of its beauty, its importance to the artist’s career and its role in the wider appreciation of such artistic achievements, it would be a great misfortune if this beguiling work could not be preserved in this country.”
The painting was last sold to an anonymous buyer at an evening auction for Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie’s auction house in 2016.
After July 31, the committee will work with the painting’s current owner to consider all offers at the suggested asking price of £10million.
Prospective private buyers must ensure adequate public access to the painting, as well as satisfactory conservation and security arrangements.
If necessary, offers from public bodies below the recommended price can also be considered.
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