NEW YORK – As the creator of the Suprematist movement, Kazimir Malevich's striking abstractions are as arresting today as they were when he first created them. This June, Malevich's Suprematism, 18th Construction was one of the leading lots of Sotheby's London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale, and this fall, Sotheby’s will present another Malevich – one that epitomises his vision of art in the age of modernity. As Mystic Suprematism (Black Cross on Red Oval) comes to auction in the New York Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale on 5 November, it represents not only one of the Russian artist’s masterworks, but it also poses the final opportunity to acquire the last of a renowned group of five canvases restituted to the artist’s heirs in 2008.
Estimated between $35–45 million, Malevich painted this work in the early 1920s right after the Russian Revolution, and consequently, the painting carries significant political and historical weight. The image embodies Malevich’s radical artistic philosophy – the new world order that the Suprematist movement endorsed.
KAZIMIR MALEVICH'S MYSTIC SUPREMATISM (BLACK CROSS ON RED OVAL) WILL COME TO
AUCTION AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART EVENING SALE ON 5
NOVEMBER. ESTIMATE: $35–45 MILLION.
In the reprinted version of his “Suprematist Manifesto,” Malevich said, “The artist can be creator only when forms in his picture have nothing in common with nature.” Following such sentiment, no cultural, political or religious precedent governed Malevich’s works. Rather, he gravitated towards art of pure color and geometric form, with no thematic origin. But unlike the artist’s famously stark 1915 Black Square and 1918 White on White, Mystic Suprematism (Black Cross on Red Oval) features a conspicuous red oval emerging behind the black cruciform.
Few outstanding Suprematist paintings remain in private hands. Now is the chance to collect a painting in which each form is free and individual, inhabiting a world of its own.