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Zeng Fanzhi achieved recognition in the 1990s for his "Hospital" and "Meat" paintings, both rendered in the artist's signature fleshy red tones. In pairing men with butchered slabs of meat, the works from the Meat series pointed to Zeng's ongoing concern with modernity's problematic history (he grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution) and the isolation and instability of contemporary life in general. Later portraits of subjects like Francis Bacon and Stalin or the "Mask" paintings of well-dressed urbanites hiding behind masks further intensified this sense of alienation. Influenced by German Expressionism, Zeng commonly renders figures with large heads and exaggerated features in bold brushstrokes; Chinese traditional art and calligraphy are recent references.

High auction record
HK$180.4m, Sotheby's, 2013
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
Zeng Fanzhi. In the StudioHauser & Wirth
Hong Kong Art Week 2018Hauser & Wirth
2016
Zeng Fanzhi: ParcoursUCCA
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Mask, 1999

Oil on canvas
28 1/10 × 21 9/10 in
71.5 × 55.5 cm
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$900,000 - 1,100,000
Location
London
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Medium
Signature
Hand-signed by artist

Zeng Fanzhi achieved recognition in the 1990s for his "Hospital" and "Meat" paintings, both rendered in the artist's signature fleshy red tones. In pairing men with butchered slabs of meat, the works from the Meat series pointed to Zeng's ongoing concern with modernity's problematic history (he grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution) and the isolation and instability of contemporary life in general. Later portraits of subjects like Francis Bacon and Stalin or the "Mask" paintings of well-dressed urbanites hiding behind masks further intensified this sense of alienation. Influenced by German Expressionism, Zeng commonly renders figures with large heads and exaggerated features in bold brushstrokes; Chinese traditional art and calligraphy are recent references.

High auction record
HK$180.4m, Sotheby's, 2013
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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