Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) is one of the most successful Chinese painters.

In the last two years, over a dozen of his works have achieved more than $4 million at auction. 

His work is a fascinating synthesis of Chinese calligraphy and Abstract Expressionism with an influence of Paul Klee. 

Zao Wou-Ki was born in Beijing and studied calligraphy throughout his childhood. After studying painting in the 1930s at the China Academy of Art, Zao moved to Paris where his work was praised by the likes of Picasso.

While the aesthetic connection to the Abstract Expressionists is undeniable, the artist was more influenced by Paul Klee (1879 – 1940), the Swiss-German painter whose individual style drew influence in movements such as expressionism, cubism, and surrealism.

Within his work there is also a strong connection to the history of Chinese art and calligraphy as India ink is one of the artist's preferred medium. 

This is a prime example of Zao Wou-Ki's prints - conveying the energy and dynamic color that he is renowned for. 

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"Composition 1968 / Jaune Noir 12"

Signed, dated 1968 and numbered 17/95 by the artist

Color etching and aquatint 

29"W 15.5"W (work - image)

42"W 29"H (framed)

Framed with plexiglass

Excellent condition


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