39
39
Zhao Wuji (Zao Wou-Ki)
30.11.74
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 296,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
39
Zhao Wuji (Zao Wou-Ki)
30.11.74
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 296,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Asian Art

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New York

Zhao Wuji (Zao Wou-Ki)
B. 1921
30.11.74
signed in English and Chinese; signed in English and dated 30.11.74 on the reverse
oil on canvas
23 5/8 by 28 3/4 in. 60 by 73 cm.
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Provenance

Galerie de France, Paris

Literature

Zao Wou-ki, New York, 1979, p. 302, illustrated
Zao Wou-ki, Paris, 1997, p. 124, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Ten years later, Zao Wou-ki’s No. 20 (30.11.74) (1974, Lot 39) is a stormy, autumnal composition in which a range of splashed and brushed browns battle insurgencies of whites.  The tumultuous gravitas of 1974 is balanced by highlights of acid greens played against a spectrum of mauves that rises to the work’s surface from the depths of the browns.  Wash-like, semi-transparent grays descend from the top of the painting as a frothy wave of whites rises towards the vortex of the composition.  The painting’s tonal range, composition, and inner luminosity bring to mind the dramatic, rough seascapes of J.M.W. Turner, whose works of this kind tended towards abstraction but never broke free of their representational confines.  1974 by contrast is pure abstraction and a stylistic resume of Zao’s work of this period, in which expressive, dark colors and a heavier brush reign before a stylistic turn to lighter, more overtly colorful compositions in the latter half of the decade.

Contemporary Asian Art

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