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Zao Wou-Ki
1921 - 2013
10.3.86 (DIPTYCH)
signed, signed in Chinese (lower right); signed Zao Wou-Ki, dated 10.3.86 and inscribed (on the stretcher on the reverse)
oil on canvas
41 x 66 cm; 16 1/8 x 26 in.
Painted on 10 March 1986. 
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Fondation Zao Wou-Ki. The work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné currently being prepared by Françoise Marquet and Yann Hendgen. It is accompagnied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Provenance

Bastien Art Gallery, Brussels 
Acquired from the above by the present owners in 2000. 

Catalogue Note

Zao Wou-ki tames the void. It is precisely what makes him stand out from the Western pictorial tradition, what sets him apart. Similarly to painters from the Song era, in the same manner as Chinese cities, he domesticates it, he is relentlessly seeking a new balance, yet volatile and uncertain, between fullness and void. Then, colour relinquishes volume and leaves the surface in order to dive deeper and slightly unveil the mystery of an empty world haunted by fullness.

Dominique de Villepin

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