Estate of the artist Private Collection, Hong Kong
Shanghai, Shanghai Art Museum, My Vision of Paradise: Retrospective of Lalan's Art, 2009; catalogue, p. 29 Taipei, National Museum of History; Macau, Macau Museum of Art, Fragrence of the Mind: A Retrospective of Lalan's Work, 2010; catalogue, p. 29
Over five decades Xie Jin Lang (nicknamed Lalan) blended the worlds of painting and music, much like she combined her Chinese roots and her life in France. Her paintings drew both on Oriental traditions, such as calligraphic motifs and smoky effects, and the gestural techniques of the French Art Informel movement. She choreographed her paintings like her performances – paint pirouettes, slides and sweeps over the canvas. As she used to explain, her career trajectory – this dance – was fluid and ever changing.
The work is executed on its original canvas and is not relined. Each of the four corners of the canvas are slightly wavy. Under Ultra Violet Light inspection tiny areas with in-paintings fluoresce along the edges close to the rims - certainly due to former framing together with one small area along the lower edge towards to center. This work is in very good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."