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Lot. 160

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

signed in Chinese and English, dated and numbered on the margin
J. Agerup, ”Zao Wou-Ki The Graphic Work, A Catalogue Raisonné 1937 - 1995”, Copenhagen, 1994, No.346
sheet size : 118.5×80.0 cm image size : 105.0×69.5 cm
1990 ed. 75
private collection, France
HKD : 30,000 - 50,000
( USD 3,900 - 6,500 )  ( JPY 420,000 - 700,000 )

Price Realized
HKD : 45,980
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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