Untitled
Zao Wou-Ki
Untitled
Zao Wou-Ki (Chinese-French, Abstract Expressionism, 1920-2013): Untitled (Paris, May), 2009. Feast Projects. Watercolor on paper. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.



'Zao's given name, "Wou-ki" (or "Wuji" in the standard Hanyu Pinyin romanization used in China), means "no boundaries." No single phrase better encapsulates the union in his person and art of the two often disparate cultures and aesthetic visions of France and China.

"French thought and Chinese thought are not the same … It's hard to translate between them. Sometimes you must wear yourself out trying to understand. Painting must express these feelings." (Julia Grimes, Special to CNN. © 2013 Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.)

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'"Zao is the first 20th-century Chinese artist with an international reputation," said Sylvie Chen, a modern-Chinese-art expert at Sotheby's ... the artist often focused on one canvas for weeks at a time: His lifetime oeuvre consists of some 1,800 oil paintings on canvas, compared with 3,000 works by Gerhard Richter, the world's current top-selling living artist. Mr. Zao gave up oil painting in 2004 but continued to use watercolors for several years.' (online.wsj.com © Dow Jones & Company)

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