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ZAO WOU-KI

1921–2013, China/France

Also known as: Zhao Wuji

Name: ZAO WOU-KI
Birth: 1921, China
Died: 2013

Zao Wou-Ki, biography:

Zao Wou-Ki was born in 1921 in Beijing. At an early age, he started to work with the traditional Chinese ink painting and calligraphy and studied at the Art Academy in Hangchow, where he later worked as a professor. Impressed by the European modernism, he emigrated to Paris in the late 1940s. He there became acquainted with artists such as Henri Michaux, Alberto Giacometti and Joan Miró. As well, he came in contact with the Art Informel, which further inspired him to create his very own style, which combines traditional Chinese painting with rhythmical abstract subjects. As a result, his paintings are often referred to the ‚Lyrical Abstraction’. In 1980, he became a professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. He took part in the Venice Biennale several times, including 1996.

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ZAO WOU-KI was born in a cultivated family and studied calligraphy in his childhood. Later, he studied painting in the school of Fine Arts in Hangzhou from 1935 to 1941. He went to the block of Montparnasse in Paris, where he followed Émile Othon Friesz\'s classes. His earliest exhibitions in France were met with praise from Miró and Picasso.
His works, influenced by Paul Klee, are orientated to abstraction. He names them with the date in which he finishes them, and in them, masses of colours appear to materialise a creating world, like a big bang, where light structures the canvas. He works often big formats in triptychs and diptychs. While the style of his works is stylistically similar to the Abstract Expressionists whom he met while travelling in New York, he\'s also influenced by Impressionism. Zao Wou-ki himself has stated that he is particularly enamored with the works of Cézanne and Matisse.
His meeting with Henri Michaux pushed him to review his Indian ink techniques, always based in Chinese traditional drawings.
Zao Wou-ki is a member of the Académie des beaux-arts, and is considered one of the most successful Chinese painters alive. One of his paintings recently sold for a record price equivalent to 2 million USD at the Sotheby\'s in Hong Kong. Former French President Jacques Chirac was offered a painting by Zao Wu Ki by his ministers during their last meeting.

Source: http://auctionata.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zao_Wou_Ki_%28Zhao_Wuji%29#Biography

Zao Wou-ki, kinesisk-fransk bildkonstnär född i Peking, Kina. Han studerade måleri vid School of Fine Arts i Hangzhou. År 1948 flyttade han till Paris. Wou-kis konst är att betrakta som abstrakt expressionistisk med en viss påverkan av impressionism. Han målar med starka färger och i stora format och har skapat en rad diptyker och triptyker.

Source: www.bukowskismarket.com

Abstract Landscape by ZAO WOU-KI

Abstract Landscape (1986)

Price EUR 2,000
Estimated EUR 2,000–4,000
Sans Titre by ZAO WOU-KI

Sans Titre (-65)

Price SEK 28,000 (€3,049)
Estimated SEK 25,000–30,000
Composition by ZAO WOU-KI

Composition (1976)

Price EUR 439,200
Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated EUR 250,000
San Lazzaro Et Ses Amis by ZAO WOU-KI

San Lazzaro Et Ses Amis (1975)

Price SEK 13,000 (€1,515)
Estimated SEK 12,000–15,000
Färgkomposition by ZAO WOU-KI

Färgkomposition (-79)

Price SEK 29,100 (€3,147)
Estimated SEK 8,000
Composition Bleue by ZAO WOU-KI

Composition Bleue (-68)

Price SEK 26,000 (€3,011)
Estimated SEK 15,000–18,000
Untitled by ZAO WOU-KI

Untitled (-60)

Price SEK 23,000 (€2,663)
Estimated SEK 15,000–18,000
Composition by ZAO WOU-KI

Composition (1987)

Price EUR 1,200
Estimated EUR 1,500–2,000
Sans Titre (ur Nobel Prize Portfolio) by ZAO WOU-KI

Sans Titre (ur Nobel Prize Portfolio) (1974)

Price SEK 36,000 (€3,955)
Estimated SEK 12,000–15,000
Canto Pisan: (plate 8) by ZAO WOU-KI

Canto Pisan: (plate 8) (1972)

Price SEK 16,000 (€1,758)
Estimated SEK 12,000–15,000
Les Grandes Baigneuses by ZAO WOU-KI

Les Grandes Baigneuses (1953)

Price SEK 56,000 (€6,152)
Estimated SEK 10,000–12,000
Sans Titre by ZAO WOU-KI

Sans Titre (1965)

Price SEK 30,000 (€3,296)
Estimated SEK 8,000–10,000
Sans Titre by ZAO WOU-KI

Sans Titre (1968)

Price SEK 34,000 (€3,735)
Estimated SEK 20,000–25,000
La Cathédrale by ZAO WOU-KI

La Cathédrale (1952)

Price SEK 32,000 (€3,491)
Estimated SEK 10,000–12,000
Sans Titre by ZAO WOU-KI

Sans Titre (1973)

Price SEK 9,000 (€982)
Estimated SEK 8,000–10,000
28.3.71. by ZAO WOU-KI

28.3.71. (1971)

Price EUR 512,400
Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated EUR 300,000
Sans Titre by ZAO WOU-KI

Sans Titre (1967)

Price SEK 13,000 (€1,359)
Estimated SEK 15,000–20,000
Les Compagnons Dans Le Jardins by ZAO WOU-KI

Les Compagnons Dans Le Jardins (1957)

Price SEK 5,000 (€523)
Estimated SEK 6,000–8,000
La Tentation De L Occident: One Plate by ZAO WOU-KI

La Tentation De L Occident: One Plate (1962)

Price SEK 0 (€0)
Estimated SEK 8,000–10,000
La Théière by ZAO WOU-KI

La Théière (1952)

Price SEK 13,000 (€1,208)
Estimated SEK 10,000–12,000