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$70 Million Van Gogh leads Sotheby’s November sale in New York

September 19, 2015
Van Gogh’s Paysage sous un ciel mouvementé (1889)

Vincent Van Gogh – Paysage sous un ciel mouvementé (1889)

A late Van Gogh landscape, estimated to sell for $50 – 70 million, from Belgian collectors Louis and Evelyn Franck, who formed their collection in the 1940s and 1950s, leads Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art sale in New York on November 5, according to a press release from the auction house, which noted:

Painted just one year before Van Gogh’s death, the dramatic landscape depicts the fields outside Arles in the south of France, where he lived from early 1888 through mid-1889. Its palette evokes the colors found in this new Southern climate, yet the turbulent skies foretell Van Gogh’s mental decline in the months following the work’s execution.

Sotheby’s will offer nine other works from the collection including: ” Pablo Picasso’s Nu au jambes croisées, a large-scale, fully- worked pastel from his famed Blue Period … [estimated at $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.”

About the collectors, Sotheby’s notes:

Born in 1907 in Belgium, Louis Franck was a passionate sailor, international banker and discriminating art collector, whose father was an important patron to Belgian artists including James Ensor. After marrying Evelyn Aeby, the couple moved to London in 1935, and it was during this time that they began to build their remarkable art collection. Louis and Evelyn went on to found the Old Broad Street Charity Trust and became major benefactors of the World Wildlife Fund, of which Louis served as Vice-President and Treasurer from 1976 to 1985. The Francks’ superb collection has been on public view at the Fondation Gianadda in Martigny, Switzerland since 1997.

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