Art: Trophy of Tenacity

To say the least, it was one of the biggest Cezannes in the world — 61 ft. by 4 ft. of dark, thickly impasted paint.

Paul Cezanne made his Portrait of the Artist's Father in 1866, when he was 27. For years it hung in the privacy of a mansion on the outskirts of Paris owned by the family of the French industrialist Auguste Pellerin, who was an assiduous collector of Cezannes. Some ten years ago Paul Mellon, son and heir of Andrew Mellon, saw it there and with the tenacity of true love, set...