Zao Wou-Ki 趙無極, ‘22.05.2002’, 2002, Painting, Oil on canvas, Phillips
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22.05.2002, 2002

Oil on canvas
28 7/10 × 36 1/5 in
73 × 92 cm
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Property from an Important Hong Kong Collection

Painted in 2002, this work is accompanied by two …

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Signed 'Wou-Ki [in Chinese] ZAO' lower right; further signed, titled and dated 'ZAO WOU-KI "22.05.2002"' on the reverse
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 immediately began painting in the style of Paul Klee, whose own style was influenced by Chinese landscape painting. By 1954, Zao had developed a unique style that was marked by contrasting colors and lyrical abstraction and that merged Chinese art, as viewed through the lens of European abstraction, with traditional Chinese landscapes. Zao remained wary of objectively Chinese-influenced art and avoided using ink for much of his career, preferring to work with oil paints in a calligraphic style. Like traditional Chinese landscape painting, Zao’s paintings function as fragments of a larger scene, possessing fluidity, transparency, and a graceful luminosity representative of the artist’s interior energies.

Zao Wou-Ki 趙無極, ‘22.05.2002’, 2002, Painting, Oil on canvas, Phillips
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Property from an Important Hong Kong Collection

Painted in 2002, this work is accompanied by two certificates of authenticity, issued by the artist and Alisan Fine Arts respectively. This work will be referenced in the archive of the Fondation Zao Wou-Ki and will be included in the artist’s forthcoming catalogue …

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Signed 'Wou-Ki [in Chinese] ZAO' lower right; further signed, titled and dated 'ZAO WOU-KI "22.05.2002"' on the reverse
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 immediately began painting in the style of Paul Klee, whose own style was influenced by Chinese landscape painting. By 1954, Zao had developed a unique style that was marked by contrasting colors and lyrical abstraction and that merged Chinese art, as viewed through the lens of European abstraction, with traditional Chinese landscapes. Zao remained wary of objectively Chinese-influenced art and avoided using ink for much of his career, preferring to work with oil paints in a calligraphic style. Like traditional Chinese landscape painting, Zao’s paintings function as fragments of a larger scene, possessing fluidity, transparency, and a graceful luminosity representative of the artist’s interior energies.

22.05.2002, 2002

Oil on canvas
28 7/10 × 36 1/5 in
73 × 92 cm
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