Zao Wou-Ki 趙無極

Chinese-French, 1921–2013

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A master of postwar art and the highest-selling Chinese painter of his generation, Zao Wou-ki applied Modernist art-making techniques to traditional Chinese literati painting. Zao moved to Paris in 1948, rejected his Chinese heritage, and …

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HK$510.4m, Sotheby's, 2018
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Untitled, 1950
Sold on Jul 2, 2021
£27,500
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Work on Paper
watercolour, gouache and ink on paper
7.62 x 13.65 cm
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£27,500
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Jul 2, 2021
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ZAO WOU-KI (1921-2013) signed in Chinese; signed and dated 'ZAO 50' (lower right) watercolour, gouache and ink on paper 5 3/8 x 3 ½in. (13.6 x 9cm.) Executed in 1950
Untitled, 1950
watercolour, gouache and ink on paper
Jul 2, 2021
Christie's
£27,500
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Work on Paper
7.62 x 13.65 cm
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Jul 2, 2021
Christie's
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£27,500
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ZAO WOU-KI (1921-2013) signed in Chinese; signed and dated 'ZAO 50' (lower right) watercolour, gouache and ink on paper 5 3/8 x 3 ½in. (13.6 x 9cm.) Executed in 1950
19 août 2006, 2006
Sold on Jun 30, 2021
€1,316,000
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oil on canvas
129.54 x 194.95 cm
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€1,316,000
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Jun 30, 2021
Christie's
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Zao Wou-Ki (1921-2013) signé en Pinyin et signé 'ZAO' (en bas à droite); signé en Pinyin, signé et daté 'ZAO 19 août 2006' (sur le châssis) huile sur toile 195 x 130 cm. Peint en 2006. signed in Pinyin and signed 'ZAO' (lower right); signed in Pinyin, signed and dated 'ZAO 19 août 2006' (on the stretcher) oil on canvas 76 ¾ x 51 1/8 in. Painted in 2006.
19 août 2006, 2006
oil on canvas
Jun 30, 2021
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€1,316,000
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Painting
129.54 x 194.95 cm
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Jun 30, 2021
Christie's
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€1,316,000
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Zao Wou-Ki (1921-2013) signé en Pinyin et signé 'ZAO' (en bas à droite); signé en Pinyin, signé et daté 'ZAO 19 août 2006' (sur le châssis) huile sur toile 195 x 130 cm. Peint en 2006. signed in Pinyin and signed 'ZAO' (lower right); signed in Pinyin, signed and dated 'ZAO 19 août 2006' (on the stretcher) oil on canvas 76 ¾ x 51 1/8 in. Painted in 2006.
Untitled, 2007
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HK$37,500
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ink on paper
37.7 x 28.5 cm
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HK$37,500
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Jun 30, 2021
Christie's
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ZAO WOU-KI (ZHAO WUJI, 1920-2013) inscribed ‘pour Olivier DLD’, signed in Chinese and signed ‘ZAO’ (lower right) ink on paper 28.5 x 37.7 cm. (11 1/4 x 14 7/8 in.) Executed in 2007
Untitled, 2007
ink on paper
Jun 30, 2021
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HK$37,500
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37.7 x 28.5 cm
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Jun 30, 2021
Christie's
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HK$37,500
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ZAO WOU-KI (ZHAO WUJI, 1920-2013) inscribed ‘pour Olivier DLD’, signed in Chinese and signed ‘ZAO’ (lower right) ink on paper 28.5 x 37.7 cm. (11 1/4 x 14 7/8 in.) Executed in 2007
Untitled, 1949
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oil on canvas
26.0 x 21.0 cm
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Jun 29, 2021
Sotheby's
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signé, signé en chinois et daté 1949 huile sur toile 21 x 26 cm; 8¼x 10¼in. Exécuté en 1949.
Untitled, 1949
oil on canvas
Jun 29, 2021
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26.0 x 21.0 cm
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signé, signé en chinois et daté 1949 huile sur toile 21 x 26 cm; 8¼x 10¼in. Exécuté en 1949.
À la Gloire de l'Image et Art Poétique, 1976
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lithographs printed in 4-6 colors
71.4 x 49.7 cm
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Jun 29, 2021
Sotheby's
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signé et daté 1976 dans la planche (chaque lithographie) lithographies imprimées en 4-6 couleurs, édition livre sur vélin d'Arches, pli central 49,7 x 71,4 cm ; 19 9/16 x 28⅛in. (double page) ; 49,7 x 35,7 ; 19 9/16 x 14 1/16 in. (single page) Exécutée en 1976, cet exemplaire s'ajoute à l'édition en 330 exemplaires sur vélin d'Arches, numérotés de 1 à 300, plus 15 épreuves d'artiste et 15 épreuves hors commerce.
À la Gloire de l'Image et Art Poétique, 1976
lithographs printed in 4-6 colors
Jun 29, 2021
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71.4 x 49.7 cm
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signé et daté 1976 dans la planche (chaque lithographie) lithographies imprimées en 4-6 couleurs, édition livre sur vélin d'Arches, pli central 49,7 x 71,4 cm ; 19 9/16 x 28⅛in. (double page) ; 49,7 x 35,7 ; 19 9/16 x 14 1/16 in. (single page) Exécutée en 1976, cet exemplaire s'ajoute à l'édition en 330 exemplaires sur vélin d'Arches, numérotés de 1 à 300, plus 15 épreuves d'artiste et 15 épreuves hors commerce.
Untitled, 1971
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etching with aquatint
42.0 x 57.0 cm
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Sotheby's
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signé et numéroté 7/99 gravure et aquatinte 57 x 42 cm; 22 7/16 x 16 9/16 in. Exécutée en 1971, cette oeuvre est le numéro 7 d'une édition en 99 exemplaires.
Untitled, 1971
etching with aquatint
Jun 29, 2021
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42.0 x 57.0 cm
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signé et numéroté 7/99 gravure et aquatinte 57 x 42 cm; 22 7/16 x 16 9/16 in. Exécutée en 1971, cette oeuvre est le numéro 7 d'une édition en 99 exemplaires.
11/30/94, 1994
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Oil on canvas
65.0 x 54.0 cm
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Jun 29, 2021
Artcurial
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Oil on canvas Signed in Chinese and in pinyin lower right "Zao" h: 54 w: 65 cm Oil on canvas; signed in Chinese and Pinyin lower right, signed again in Pinyin and titled on the reverse
11/30/94, 1994
Oil on canvas
Jun 29, 2021
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65.0 x 54.0 cm
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Oil on canvas Signed in Chinese and in pinyin lower right "Zao" h: 54 w: 65 cm Oil on canvas; signed in Chinese and Pinyin lower right, signed again in Pinyin and titled on the reverse
Untitled, 1984
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India ink on paper
103.7 x 102.0 cm
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India ink on paper Signed in Chinese and Pinyin and dated lower right center "Zao, 84" h: 102 w: 103.70 cm India ink on paper; signed in Chinese and Pinyin and dated lower center right
Untitled, 1984
India ink on paper
Jun 29, 2021
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103.7 x 102.0 cm
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India ink on paper Signed in Chinese and Pinyin and dated lower right center "Zao, 84" h: 102 w: 103.70 cm India ink on paper; signed in Chinese and Pinyin and dated lower center right
17.9.86, 1986
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Oil on canvas
73.0 x 60.0 cm
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Oil on canvas Signed in Chinese and in pinyin lower right "Zao", countersigned in pinyin and titled on the back "Zao Wou-Ki, 17.9.86" h: 60 w: 73 cm This work is sold in collaboration with Artcurial Toulouse-Jean-Louis Vedovato. Oil on canvas; signed in Chinese and Pinyin lower right, signed again in Pinyin and titled on the reverse
17.9.86, 1986
Oil on canvas
Jun 29, 2021
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73.0 x 60.0 cm
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Oil on canvas Signed in Chinese and in pinyin lower right "Zao", countersigned in pinyin and titled on the back "Zao Wou-Ki, 17.9.86" h: 60 w: 73 cm This work is sold in collaboration with Artcurial Toulouse-Jean-Louis Vedovato. Oil on canvas; signed in Chinese and Pinyin lower right, signed again in Pinyin and titled on the reverse
UNTITLED III, 1980
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Indian ink on paper
71.0 x 68.5 cm
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India ink on paper Signed in Chinese and in Pinyin and dated lower right "Zao, 80" h: 68.50 w: 71 cm India ink on paper; signed in Chinese and Pinyin and dated lower right
UNTITLED III, 1980
Indian ink on paper
Jun 28, 2021
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71.0 x 68.5 cm
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India ink on paper Signed in Chinese and in Pinyin and dated lower right "Zao, 80" h: 68.50 w: 71 cm India ink on paper; signed in Chinese and Pinyin and dated lower right