Lot 152
Zao Wou-Ki (French/Chinese, 1920–2013), Ville Engloutie (Sunken City)
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Lithograph in colors, 1956, pencil signed in Pinyin and Chinese and numbered 14/60 lower margin, printed by E. and J. Desjobert, Paris, matted and framed, not under glass.

Image Size 14 3/8 x 26 3/8 in.; DOA 23 3/4 x 35 in.

Private Collection of Leonard H. Short, Southern Pines, NC

Born in Beijing and later making Paris his permanent residence, world-renowned abstract landscape artist Zao Wou-Ki brilliantly fuses Eastern and Western artistic principles. While becoming friends with Joan Miró and Alberto Giacometti when moving to France and situating himself as a leading artist of the École de Paris, he also threaded Chinese influence into his art making with traditional Chinese brushwork and calligraphy.

Zao’s work has been the subject of many major international exhibitions, and his retrospective titled Zao Wou-Ki: L’espace et silence will be on view at the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris from June 2018 – January 2019. His work titled 29.01.63 set the world auction record for an oil painting by an Asian artist with the hammer price of $22,794,680 at Christie’s in November 2017.

Some foxing and light toning; two small superficial abrasions upper center; partially examined out of frame.

$2,000 - 4,000