Zao Wou-Ki 趙無極, ‘Correspondence of Zao Wou-ki’, 1951-1955, Wallector

Consist of 14 letters between Zao Wou-ki and Nesto Jacometti, one letter between Zao Wou-ki and Charles H. Kleemann, two payment receipts, altogether 17 pieces, 1951 to 1955.

A.L.S. Autograph Letter Signed
T.L.S Typewritten Letter Signed
T.L. Typewritten Letter

A.L.S. Paris, 28 Feburary, 1951. A sheet of folding paper, both sides: 27 x 21 cm, with a note written in pencil, corrections and cancelations.

T.L.S. No address, 07 August, 1952. With corrections, cancelations and insertions written in pen. A foxing stain at lower left corner. All in very good condition.

T.L.S. No address, 07 August, 1952. A sheet of perforated loose paper: 21 x 27 cm. Perforations at the left -hand margin. All in excellent condition.

T.L.S. No address, no date (after August, 1952). Signature and final note written in pen. A subtraction equation is written in red pencil. Perforated loose paper, two perforations at the left-hand margin: 21 x 27 cm. All in excellent condition.

A.L.S. No address, 03 November, 1952. Blue perforated loose paper, two perforations at the left-hand margin: 21 x 27 cm. All in very good condition, except a foxing-stain on the bottom margin.

T.L.S. Paris, 20 November, 1952. Signature, corrections, cancelations and insertions written in blue ink pen, two perforations at the left-hand margin: 21 x 27 cm.

T.L.S. Paris, 07 December, 1952. With signature and long final handwritten note. Correction, underlines, cancellations and insertions written in pen. Perforated loose paper, two perforations at the left-hand margin: 21 x 27 cm. All in very good condition, except a few of foxing and ink stains.

A.L.S. No address, 21 December, 1952. His wife Lanlan signed and wrote it on behalf of him. Two sheets (21 x 27 cm) with two perforations at the left-hand margin where has a small breakage and a few of ink stains. All in very good condition.

T.L.S. Paris, 26 December, 1952. With Signature, corrections, underlines, cancellations and insertions written in pen. Perforated loose paper, two perforations at the left-hand margin: 21 x 27 cm. All in very good condition, except two foxing and ink stains.
A.L.S. No address and date. A sheet of paper (21 x 27 cm) with corrections, insertions and cancellations. All in excellent condition.

A.L.S. No address, 22 September, 1953. Perforated loose paper (21 x 27 cm), two perforations at the left-hand margin. All in very good condition, except three foxing stains, two stains at left-hand margin, the other one in the lower right corner.

A.L.S. 15 August, 1953. Perforated loose paper (21 x 27 cm), two perforations on the left-hand margin. Recto and verso. With some notes written in pencil. All in excellent condition, except a small foxing stains in the lower right corner. Signatures of Zao Wou-ki and his wife Lan lan.

Two payment receipts: a bank transfer of 20000 Swiss Franc (CHF) from Nesto Jacometti to Zao wou-ki. The letterhead “Schweizerischer Bankverein, Société de banque Suisse – Checkbureau – kassa-Abrechnung”, Zurich, 11 November 1953. The right-hand page and the left-hand page (recto and verso), two perforations at the left-hand margin. Typewritten, also note written in blue pencil. In French and German. All in excellent condition.

A.L.S. No address, 13 March, 1954. A sheet of paper (21 x 27 cm), With underlines written in blue ink pen. All in excellent condition.

A.L.S. No address, 24 January 1955. Perforated loose paper (21 x 27 cm), two perforations at the left-hand margin. With underlines written in blue ink pen. Signatures of Zao Wou-ki and his wife Lan lan. All in excellent condition

L.T. A letter addressed to Charles H. Kleemann, Paris, 23 November, 1955. A sheet of paper (27 x 21 cm). In French. All in very good condition, except two small ink stains. Charles H. Kleemann, a gallery manager in New York, was interested in Zao’s work, Zao specified, “Nesto jacometti has the exclusive right of my watercolour paintings and lithograph, while the gallery Pierre and gallery de France has the exclusive right of my oil paintings. It's difficult to acquire my watercolour paintings without Nesto’s agreement”

About Zao Wou-Ki 趙無極

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.

Chinese-French, 1921-2013, Beijing, China