Sotheby’s unveiled a number of works for their May sales in London this weekend. One is Roy Lichtenstein’s late work, Nude Sunbathing, from 1995 that is priced in the $20m range. This is the first time the work has ever been auctioned:
Painted in 1995 and exemplary of Lichtenstein’s late, great genius, the work revisits one of his signature subject matters: the female form. Rare to the market, Lichtenstein’s limited group of Late Nudes were the first series he undertook following his major 1993 career retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and were the very last major paintings that occupied the final years before his death in 1997. Examples from the series are represented in the world’s most renowned institutional and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fondation Beyeler, and the Broad Art Foundation, among others.