Zao Wou Ki, the Chinese legend of the Beaux Arts

Zao Wou Ki, the Chinese legend of the Beaux Arts

Zao Wou-Ki (13 February 1920 – 9 April 2013)

was a Chinese painter and member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His life was about passion, travels and of course Art. His work was influenced by the works of Matisse, Picasso and Cézanne and orientated to abstraction.

Zao started to study calligraphy in his childhood, then he started to be interested in painting, and studied it at the school of Fine Arts in Hangzhou.

In 1948, he moved to Paris with his wife Lan-lan, who was a composer. Both of them pursued their own careers, living their son in China with Zao's parents, and approximately two years after they divorced. In 1957, Zao joined his younger brother Chao Wu-Wai who was living in Montclair, New Jersey, close to the art scene of New York City, to discover "pop art". He painted seven canvases while he was in the United States.Years later, the largest canvas was given by his brother, Chao Wu-Wai, to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

After a six week stay in the United States, Zao traveled to Tokyo, then to Hong Kong, where he met his future wife Zhu Ying, a movie star who became later a sculptor who received admiring and critical praise. She committed suicide at the height of her career.

Zao was a member of the Académie des beaux-arts, and was considered to have been one of the most successful Chinese painters during his lifetime. Former French President Jacques Chirac was offered a painting by Zao Wu Ki by his ministers during their last meeting. By the end of his life Zao had stopped producing new paintings due to health problems.

His auction record of RMB 89,680,000 (US$14,718,771) was set at Sotheby's, in Beijing, China on 1 December 2013.

He died on 9 April 2013 at his home in Switzerland.

Appraise Art and Fine Art Auction Miami give you the opportunity get this Zao Wou-Ki Composition with red background (authenticity confirmed by Ms Zao Wou Ki).

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Oil on canvas
Signed on lower right, countersigned and dated "5/5/1963" on the back
19.6 x 21.6 in. - 50 x 55 cm.
Provenance: Private Collection, Paris

Estimate : $400,000-$600,000

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