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Zao Wou-Ki (CHINESE/FRENCH,1920-2013)

Composition, 1998

Lithograph on Arches

Signed, dated and numbered 67/99

65 x 45 cm

Catalogue raisonné : Ågerup, 390

Composition, 1998

Lithograph on arches

Signed, dated and numbered

65 x 45 cm

Catalogue raisonné : Ågerup, 394

Zao Wou-Ki was born into a cultivated family that descended from the Song Dynasty. His father strongly encouraged his artistic aspirations. He started to learn the classical Chinese techniques of calligraphy and ink painting at the age of 10.


When he was 14 years old, he entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Hanghzou, where he studied with Chu Teh-Chun and Wu Guanzhong.


Zao Wou-Ki learned the Western oil techniques by studying French magazines, and developed a passion for Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso, whose style he tried to copy.


In 1947, encouraged by his father, he took a boat to Paris with his wife, the artist Lalan. They visited the Louvre as soon as they arrived and finally saw the paintings he had admired in the magazines.


He discovered Paul Klee’s art that had a great influence on his work. This interest in Paul Klee was the turning point when Zao brought together his artistic Chinese heritage and the European artistic culture.

Composition, 1967


Signed and numbered

30,2 x 22,4 cm

Composition, 1960



65 x 50 cm

Petit Jardin (Small Garden), 1956

Lithograph printed in 6 colors on Rives paper

45.5 x 56.3 cm

Signed, dated and numbered 190/200

Printed by E. and J. Desjobert, Paris

Published by l’Oeuvre Gravée, Zurich

Agerup no. 99

Untitled, 1959

Color lithograph on BFK rives paper with watermark

50 x 45 cm

Signed, dated and numbered

Edited by L’Oeuvre Gravé, Zürich

Catalogue raisonné: Agerup no. 121

Nu Debout, 1951

Etching printed in 2 colours

55 x 38 cm

Edition of 50 on Rives paper

Signed, dated and numbered

published by G. Leblanc, Paris

Catalogue raisonné: Agerup 71

La théière (the tea pot), 1952

Lithograph in 5 colors on Arches wove paper

38 x 56 cm

Signed and numbered 115/200

Printed by E. and J. Desjobert, Paris

Published by La Guilde internationale de la Gravure, Genève

Agerup 75

Forêt perdue, 1955

Lithograph printed in 5 colours

65 x 50 cm

Signed, dated and inscribed Epreuve d’artiste

Printed by E. and J. Desjobert, Paris

Published by L’Oeuvre Gravée

Catalogue raisonné: Agerup 95


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