Etching with aquatint on Guarro laid paper (watermark)
Zao Wou-Ki (1921-2013) – Chinese-French painter
Signed and dated lower right in pencil ‘Zao Wou-Ki 86’
Numbered lower left in pencil ‘78/99’
Printed in 5 colors, 3 copper plates
Printer and publisher: Ediciones Polígrafia S.A., Barcelona
Catalog raisonné: Agerup 329
Plate mark: 63.3 x 41.7 cm
Very good condition
Provenance: private collection, Switzerland
Zao Wou-Ki has had an exceptional career indeed, because only he has interlaced the great Chinese tradition with the Occidental tradition
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At the beginning of his artistic creativity, Zao Wou-Ki created fine, fantastic landscapes of Paris, Amsterdam and Venice in a style after Paul Klee and from 1953 on, his style developed more into mysterious, semi-abstract images closer to Chinese landscape tradition.
This is one of these abstract depiction, here an etching with aquatint printed in 5 colors and 3 copper plates.
The work is signed and dated lower right in pencil ‘Zao Wou-Ki 86’, as well as numbered lower left in pencil ‘78/99’.
The print is in very good condition.
The plate mark measures 63.3 x 41.7 cm and the dimensions of the sheet are approximately 76.5 x 57.2 cm.
Zao Wou-Ki (1921-2013)
Zao Wou-Ki began his artistic career with training in calligraphy. He decided to study painting at the University of Fine Arts in Hangzhou in 1935. After the completion of his studies, he was drawn to Paris, where he was able to visit the Grande Chaumière. He became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
The first single exhibition of his work in Europe took place in 1949 at the Galerie Creuze in Paris. He became a citizen of the French state in 1964. His fame increased with exhibitions in New York and other Western capitals, and also back home in Beijing during the second half of the sixties. Paris held two major retrospectives of his oeuvre in 1981 and in 2003. Zao Wou-Ki’s art is represented at major international art fairs. His works are in the possession of numerous international public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Musées des Lorraine in France. A number of awards have honored his work. (tm)
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