534
534

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF THEODORE J. FORSTMANN

Wu Dayu
UNTITLED - 16
Estimation
2 500 0003 500 000
Lot. Vendu 4,580,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT
534

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF THEODORE J. FORSTMANN

Wu Dayu
UNTITLED - 16
Estimation
2 500 0003 500 000
Lot. Vendu 4,580,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

20th Century Chinese Art

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Hong Kong

Wu Dayu
1903-1988
UNTITLED - 16
executed circa 70s.
oil on canvas mounted on paperboard
54.5 by 39.5 cm. 21 1/2 by 15 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Christie's Hong Kong, May 24, 2009, Lot 525
Acquired at the above sale

Exposition

Beijing, Lin & Keng Gallery, Grand Opening Exhibition, April 21 - May 21, 2007

Bibliographie

Wu Dayu, Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei, 2006, p. 58, 59, illustrated in colour
Lin & Keng Cultural Subjectivity of Oriental Aesthetics, Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei, p. 76, illustrated in colour

Description

Untitled - 16 belongs to Wu Dayu's Beijing Opera Series. On the surface, he absorbed surrealist and abstract elements, creating an exaggerated bust made up of freely wielded colours and lines. Pine green and sapphire colours are tightly arranged like inlaid gems, creating a vibrant and pleasing effect. Wu's canvas appears joyful, vivacious, even humorous. From another perspective, Untitled -16 seems to portray a genteel couple in profile: They stand together, holding hands, looking at each other with deep feelings. This composition, itself an optical illusion, is also akin to Yituanheqi by Ming Dynasty Emperor Xianzong (Zhu Jianshen), a testament to Wu Dayu's personal Buddhist enlightenment.

The Bronze Age constitutes another artistic inspiration associated with Untitled - 16. The supernatural aura imbued with Bronze Age artifacts matches beautifully with abstract expressionism, apt for a philosophical vehicle characterized by a strong whiff of religious fervour. Wu's Untitled - 16 combines three major elements: He has injected the weightiness of bronze vessels and added ancient ritual abstract symbols into the bright hues of abstract expressionism, finding that perfect point where Chinese tradition and modern abstract art intersect.

20th Century Chinese Art

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Hong Kong