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Lot. 152

ZAO Wou Ki
( 1921-2013 , China/France )

Title
EMPREINTES - A SET OF SIX SCREENPRINTS IN AN EDITIONED BOOK WITH 2 ORIGINAL INK WORKS
Technique
ink, screenprint
Sign
signed, dated and numbered on the margin on the 1st screenprint, dedicated ”Pour la fondation de Madame Chirac Zao” on the first page of the book
Size
screenprint : sheet size : 37.0×38.5 cm
image size : 26.7×29.5 cm ink : 37.0×79.0 cm
Year
2003 ed. 55+15AP+7HC+15 reserved for the author +7 reserved for the editor / 2007
Provenance
private collection, Europe
Estimation
HKD : 200,000 - 300,000
( USD 26,000 - 39,000 )  ( JPY 2,800,000 - 4,200,000 )


Auction Result
BI
Born in Beijing in 1921, Studied penmanship in childhood. In 1935, after graduating from the School of Fine Arts in Hangzhou and becoming an instructor there, he found himself despising the conventional art world. In 1948, when he was 27 years old, he moved to Paris communicated with Poet Henri Michaux, artist Hans Hartung, George and Pierre. He also became aware of Paul Klee and, while emulating his use of symbolic materials, noticed Klee’s interest in Chinese art. That led to Zao’s own reassessment of the art of his native land. In 1957, he traveled to the United States, where he became acquainted with other artists such as Franzkline, Mark Rothko associated with American Abstract Expressionism. In the sixties, indeterminate shapes reminiscent of Chinese calligraphy began emerging in his paintings; his vigorous brushwork gradually extended to the entire picture plane. Since the eighties, Zao has turned to work in which color is liberated in space, producing sublime paintings that combine the influences of Chinese landscape painting and Abstract Expressionism. In 2001, Awarded the prize of Tyler foundation. Died in 2013


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