Lot 57
  • 57

Zao Wou-Ki

300,000 - 500,000 EUR
489,000 EUR
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  • Zao Wou-ki
  • 6.10.69
  • signed, signed in Chinese; signed, inscribed, titled and dated 6.10.69 on the reverse
  • oil on canvas
  • 46 by 50 cm., 18 1/8  by 19 5/8  in.


Galerie Sapone, Nice
Private Collection, France
Sale: Tajan, Art Abstrait & Contemporain, 23 November 2000, lot 60
Galerie Applicat-Prazan, Paris
Eleanor Post Close & Antal Post de Bekessy Collections

Catalogue Note

Fig. 1

Eleanor Post Close et Antal Post de Bekessy circa 1950 © D.R.

This work by Zao Wou-ki, 06.10.69, emblematic painting of the lyric period of the artist, comes from Eleanor Post Close (1909-2006) and his son Antal Post de Bekessy (1943-2015) collections. Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), their grandmother and mother was the head of General Food Company and a model of philanthropy, art of living and culture.

Eleanor Post Close chose to live in France shortly after World War II. Like her mother, she was an art lover and driven by the same taste of sharing her passion for art. She contributed to enrich several French and American museums and built an impressive collection that she displayed in her different dwellings. She punctuated her classic collection with impressionist and modern masterpieces: from Courbet to Zao Wou-Ki through Vuillard.

Antal Post de Bekessy, Eleanor's son was a great enthusiast of the arts too, eclectic in his taste and passions. He was interested in XIXth century romanticism as well as XXth century modernism, particularly drawings by artists of the Vienna Secession.

Eleanor and Antal's collections show their passion for beauty, their impressive culture and their sharp taste. This amazing assembly of furniture and artworks will be for sale in Sotheby's Paris on December 19 and 20, 2017.