Kazimir Malevich's Mystic Suprematism to sell in New York

Craigie G

Craigie G

2015-09-21 09:41:37

Sotheby's has announced the upcoming sale of Mystic Suprematism (Black Cross on Red Oval), one of the finest works by Kazimir Malevich remaining in private hands.

Malevich, a pioneer of geometric abstract art and the father of the Suprematism movement, has been described as "one of the most important international artists of the 20th century".

Mystic Suprematism was painted in 1920–22, in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution, and five years after he published his artistic manifesto 'From Cubism to Suprematism' in which he dismissed all forms of cultural, political or religious precedent in his works.

The painting was one of a group of works exhibited by Malevich in Berlin in 1927 – works which he was unable to reclaim, after he was recalled to the Soviet Union and then prevented from leaving again.

Following his death in 1935, many of the paintings were sold off and his descendants later spent 17 years attempting to have some of the paintings returned to them.

Mystic Suprematism is one of five works returned to his family following a historic settlement with the City of Amsterdam, and is expected to sell for $35-$45 million when it crosses the block in November.

“Mystic Suprematism captures a moment when Malevich was at his most radical, iconoclastic and powerful," said Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department.

"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 and look forward to presenting Mystic Suprematism to collectors worldwide this fall.”

The Sotheby’s New York Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art takes place on November 5.

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