NYC exhibitions. Sotheby’s is honored to announce two important additions to its 5 November Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art in New York.
Vincent van Gogh’s Paysage sous un ciel mouvementé (estimate $50/70 million) is a sweeping landscape view from Arles dating to the artist’s coveted mature period, which will lead an exquisite group of late-19th and early-20th century masterworks assembled in the 1940s and ‘50s by Belgian collectors Louis and Evelyn Franck. The Francks’ distinguished collection also offers: Pablo Picasso’s Nu au jambes croisées, a large-scale, fully-worked pastel from his famed Blue Period (estimate $8/12 million); superb examples by Paul Cézanne, Kees van Dongen and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; and the finest work by Belgian painter James Ensor ever to appear at auction.
The November auction also will feature one of the finest works by Kazimir Malevich remaining in private hands: Mystic Suprematism (Black Cross on Red Oval) (estimate $35/45 million), a work that epitomizes the 20th century European avant-garde at its most revolutionary. The painting is the last of a renowned group of five canvases restituted to the artist’s heirs in 2008 to be offered for sale, and as such represents the final opportunity to acquire a seminal masterpiece by Malevich from this celebrated collection.
Regarding the Franck Collection, Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department, said: “As such treasured collections become increasingly rare in the market, it is a privilege to present Louis and Evelyn Franck’s collection this fall. Collecting in the mid-20th century, their elegant, cultured taste is reflected throughout the selection of works by many of the most influential members of the European avant-garde. The Francks acquired the best possible examples from iconic periods of each artist’s oeuvre. This is a historic offering which will excite connoisseurs globally this season.”
Regarding the Malevich masterpiece, Mr. Shaw commented: “Mystic Suprematism captures a moment when Malevich was at his most radical, iconoclastic and powerful. As the last canvas to come to auction bearing the exceptional provenance of the artist and his family, its sale will mark a major market moment this fall. Sotheby’s first offered a work from this illustrious group in 2008, when Suprematism, 18th Construction achieved a record $60 million. With so few outstanding Suprematist paintings remaining in private hands, we are honored to have been entrusted by the artist’s family once again.”