A beautiful, elegant lithograph in subtle colors, of the year 1960, pencil signed at lower right by the highly important Chinese-French master artist, ZAO WOU-KI (1921-2013). This is an abstract image in harmonious, gray-green, black, brown, and blue, measuring 19 1/4" by 18 1/4" inside the present mat. The work is numbered at lower left 82/100 (possibly out of edition of 180, I have not referenced the catalogue raisonne of the prints). The artist's 1964 masterwork titled "29.1.64" in November 2017 set the all-time record for an oil painting by an Asian artist, when it sold for an astounding $26 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong. Zao Wou-ki was born in Beijing. He showed talent as a youngster, studying and excelling at Chinese calligraphy, (which ultimately went on to become an important element of his imagery). The artist-to-be was studying at the age of 14 at the School of Fine Arts in Hangzhou. By 1948, in his late twenties, he was in Paris, studying at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, and he remained a resident of the French capital for the remainder of his life. In 1957 he came to the United States to visit a brother in Montclair, New Jersey, near New York. While there he was exposed to the Abstract Expressionists. The artist was influenced by many artists, and movements: Paul Klee, Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, and Miro; and by Asian calligraphy, Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism. These disparate influences mixed, coalesced, to form a powerful, unique imagery highly appealing to modern collectors, resulting in Zao Wou-ki's paintings fetching in the multi-millions of dollars at auctions in Europe, Asia and America. The prints are also coveted, but as in the case of Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein and so many other master artists of the world, they remain a relatively affordable way for collectors to own the artist's work. This print appears clean and fresh. For safety and economy in shipping, I suggest removing this from the frame and glass, shipping flat. See a second print by the artist in my shop. Allow for reflections in a few images. Upon request, I would be happy to inspect the print out of the frame.
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