Lot 546
  • 546

Sanyu (Chang Yu)

150,000 - 250,000 HKD
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  • Sanyu (Chang Yu)
  • Reclining Nude
  • ink on paper
Executed circa 1920.


Acquired directly from the artist in the early 1930's by Henri-Pierre Roché
Private Colleciton (acquired from the above in 1966)
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Rita Wong ed., Sanyu Catalogue Raisonné Drawings & Watercolours, The Li Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan, 2014, cat. no. D0248 in flash drive

Catalogue Note

Reclining Nude bears a striking resemblance to the legendary Kiki de Montparnasse. Best known as the Queen of Montparnasse, Kiki flourished in, and helped define, the liberated culture of Paris in the 1920s. It is difficult to imagine how stimulating and exciting would it be for Sanyu to meet Kiki, a symbol of outspokenness, audacity, and creativity in France.