Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Another find!

Zao Wou-ki

by Clairan Ferrono
( Copied and pasted not my work.)

Wou-ki Composition 1958
Composition 1958
Recently while hurrying through the Art Institute (Chicago) to see the Vollard Exhibit (fantastic!), my eye was caught by a painting I’d never seen before, by an artist I’d never heard of: Zao Wou-ki. It was a beautiful abstract, on the small side, in a room of really interesting contemporary art. (They’re doing a lot of construction there, so I may never be able to find this room again. . . .) In any case, I was so struck by this painting that I came home and looked the artist up on the net.
According to Wikipedia, Wou-ki was born to a wealthy Beijing family of letters in 1921, studied calliagraphy, Chinese brush painiting and Western oil painting at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Hangzhou, where he was a professor from 1941-1974. He moved to Paris in 1948, and from then until 1974 he painted as an abstractionist.
Composition 1985
4-4-85 1985
Subsequently  he decided to return to painting in the Chinese style as well.
Untitled 1984
Composition 1965
Composition 1965
The Marlborough Gallery has a wonderful site showing many recent works by this talented artist:
http:// www.asianart.com/exhibitions/zao/index.html
Recently one of his paintings sold for 3million dollars at Sotherbys.
I hope uypu enjoy him as muchas I do!

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