Hong Kong – For Zao, Chinese painting lost its creativity in the 16th century, becoming a vast but staidly self-referential tradition that confuses beauty with technique and lacks the space for imagination and change. His watercolours at that time manifest the wild energies of cursive calligraphy, which are also evident in his idiosyncratic inner landscapes. ZAO WOU-KI, UNTITLED 1962, WATERCOLOUR ON PAPER. EST. HK$1.5 MILLION – 2.5 MILLION / US$194,000 – 323,000.
Hong Kong – Sanyu’s figure drawings are an embodiment of the artist’s creativity and imagination. These works opened the door of modern art to new vistas, and propelled the artist to the ranks of the great masters. The men and women portrayed under Sanyu’s brush are taken from the settings of the everyday, but under the artist’s unique facilities of observation and imagination, they are endowed with a new aesthetic. Using soft and dynamic lines, the artist captures transient flashes of inspiration. SANYU FEMME À LA JUPE VIOLETTE, 1920/30S. ESTIMATE HK$350,000 – 500,000.
Hong Kong – 2016 has been a remarkable year for Sotheby’s Hong Kong, with a 22% increase in sale totals over the same period last year. Bidders throughout Asia and around the world competed vigorously for works entrusted to Sotheby’s for sale, driving exceptional results across collecting categories. This season’s success was driven by notable collections and themed sales from collectors around the globe, curated by our team of talented specialists. These special sales not only added an air of anticipation and excitement to the season, but also produced superior results.
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