Sotheby’s New York Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art on 5th November 2015 will feature an exquisite group of late-19th and early-20th century artworks assembled in the 1940s and 1950s by Belgian collectors Louis and Evelyn Franck. The works are led by Vincent van Gogh’s "Landscape under a Stormy Sky", the collection also offers: Pablo Picasso’s "Nu au jambes croisées", a large-scale, fully-worked pastel from his famed Blue Period; 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.
Together, the 10 works from the Franck Collection are estimated to achieve more than $80 million in the 5 November auction. Highlights will travel to San Francisco, Taipei, Hong Kong, Brussels and London this fall, before returning to New York for exhibition opening 31 October.
Also, the auction will feature one of the finest works by Kazimir Malevich remaining in private hands: "Mystic Suprematism (Black Cross on Red Oval)". 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. "Mystic Suprematism" epitomizes the 20th century European avant-garde at its most revolutionary, and comes to auction this November with an estimate of $35/45 millions.