ZAO WOU-KI (Chinese) Early Signed Lithograph Circa 1963
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All Items: Archives: Fine Art: Pre 1970: item # 1127754
The NEW ANTIQUARIAN
Los Angeles, California
|This is a superb original signed lithograph by internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Zao Wou-Ki (b. 1921), recently recovered from an Encino, California estate. "Zao Wou-ki, now 82, found his distinctive voice and vocabulary in his mid-thirties, having by that time lived in Paris for a decade. By the end of 1957 he had committed to abstraction, on terms which from the beginning set him apart from the other artists of his circle—Mitchell, Riopelle, Vieira da Silva, Soulages—as much as from his great supporter Henri Michaux. His cipher-like signature, to which he has remained faithful for over fifty years, gives his first name in Chinese characters and his last in a Western orthography. It is emblematic of a stranded cultural identity, recognized from the first by sympathetic critics as the key to his artistic direction. The recognition, however, took the form of a view of Zao’s painting as an exemplary reconciliation of Chinese and European aesthetics, in which the language of modern Western abstraction is enriched by a Chinese sensibility rooted in the past." Source: Essay by Jonathan Hay. Work measures approximately 14 x 25 inches (image size). Professionally framed and matted, with glass, measures: 21 3/4 x 32 1/2 inches. Signed and dated in pencil lower right. Numbered in pencil lower left: 107/125. Medium: color lithograph. Date of creation: circa 1963. Condition: Has not been examined out of frame but appears to be in very good to near-excellent condition with only very mild toning. Please see the array of photos with both direct and indirect lighting situations, seen above and below. (Kindly disregard glare in glass). Please note: Work will be shipped without glass for safe transportation. Authenticity is guaranteed. Domestic, continental shipping is $55. Please inquire for additional shipping options.|