The Franck art collection to be offered at Sotheby's New York sale

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Simone Says

2015-09-21 09:16:02

Sotheby's has announced it will offer the remarkable art collection of Louis and Evelyn Franck for sale in New York later this Fall.

Ten works from the collection of the Belgian couple, spanning masterpieces from the late- 19th and early-20th century, will be offered as part of the Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art. Together, the works are expected to sell for more than $80 million.

“As such treasured collections become increasingly rare in the market, it is a privilege to present Louis and Evelyn Franck’s collection this fall," said Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department.

"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.”

Leading the collection is Vincent van Gogh’s sweeping landscape 'Paysage sous un ciel mouvementé', painted in 1889 just one year before his death. Depicting the fields outside Arles in the south of France, the setting for many works painted during van Gough's mature period, the painting will be offered with an estimate of $50-$70 million.

A further major highlight is Pablo Picasso’s 1903 work 'Nu au jambes croisées', a highly rare work from the artist’s melancholy Blue period expected to sell for $8-$12 million.

The Franck collection also includes two works by Paul Cézanne: the still-life 'Fleurs dans un pot d'olives', painted in 1880-82 and estimated at $5-$7 million, and 'Portrait de Victor Chocquet', a portrait of Cézanne's most important patron painted circa 1880-85 and valued at $2.5-$3.5 million.

Rounding off the collection is a strong selection of three important works by the Belgian symbolist painter James Ensor, for whom Evelyn Franck's father François served as a major patron.

The three works, Les Toits d’Ostende (estimate $1.5-$2 million), Le Jardin d’Amour ($2-$3 million), and Les Poissardes mélancoliques ($3-$5 million) date from his finest period, are are amongst only a handful to reach the auction block in recent years.

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

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