747
747

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION

Zeng Fanzhi
PORTRAIT
Estimation
4 000 0006 000 000
Lot. Vendu 4,880,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT
747

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION

Zeng Fanzhi
PORTRAIT
Estimation
4 000 0006 000 000
Lot. Vendu 4,880,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Asian Art

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Hong Kong

Zeng Fanzhi
B. 1964
PORTRAIT
signed in Chinese and Pinyin and dated 2005
oil on canvas
180 by 150 cm.; 70⅞ by 59 in.
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Provenance

Private American Collection
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 6 April, 2009, lot 659
Acquired by the present owner from the above sale

Description

Zeng Fanzhi, the artist responsible for the Masks that have had a ubiquitous influence on the Chinese contemporary art world, has since looked towards new horizons, developing new techniques at the turn of the millennium. In a systematic “unmasking” of his characters, the figures that now appeared in the artist’s pieces had bare faces. The piece on offer is the 2005 Portrait, and is a prime example of the artist’s style in transition. The piece depicts the character gazing intently at the observer; yet in contrast to this concentrated stare is body language that suggests otherwise, and he wears a somewhat unreadable expression, verging on bewilderment and emotionlessness.  As Zeng once commented, “My figures are all pieces of a mirror; they reflect our inner selves, and our feelings towards other entities.”

Contemporary Asian Art

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Hong Kong