Van Gogh's Field of Wild Flowers Fetches $54 Million at Auctionby
Work was owned by Belgian collectors Louis and Evelyn Franck
Sotheby's Impressionist, modern sale in New York continues
Vincent Van Gogh’s landscape of a field of wild flowers under billowing clouds fetched $54 million at Sotheby’s in New York.
Painted in Arles, France, the 1889 “Paysage sous un ciel mouvemente” had the highest presale estimate -- $50 million to $70 million -- at Sotheby’s evening auction on Thursday of Impressionist and modern art. The Dutch artist’s record is $82.5 million. The auction is continuing.
The work is part of the Belgian collection of Louis and Evelyn Franck, whose 10 artworks in the sale are expected to tally more than $80 million. The group’s other highlights included a “Blue Period” pastel of a nude by Pablo Picasso that fetched $12 million. It had been estimated at $8 million to $12 million.
Earlier in the sale a 1920-1922 painting by Kazimir Malevich “Mystic Suprematism (Black Cross on Red Oval)” brought $37.8 million. It had an estimate range of $35 million to $45 million.
The work was sold by the artist’s heirs, who won its return after a restitution settlement in 2008 with the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Since then it has been on view at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Gagosian Gallery in New York.