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Zao Wou-Ki

Born in: 1921

China

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Biography

Zao was born in Beijing with family roots in Dantu, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. In his childhood he was brought back to his hometown Dantu where he studied calligraphy. From 1935 to 1941, he studied painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

In 1948, he went with his wife Lan-lan, a composer, to Paris to live on the same block in Montparnasse where the classes of Émile Othon Friesz took place. His earliest exhibitions in France were met with praise from Joan Miróand Picasso.

Zao and his wife pursued their own careers, their son having stayed in China with his Zao's parents. In the mid-1950s, they were divorced. In 1957, Zao decided to visit the United States where his younger brother Chao Wu-Wai was living in Montclair, New Jersey, close to the art scene of New York City. He wanted to learn more about "pop art". While in the US, he painted seven canvases at his brother's house. There are relatively few items dating from that year (1957). Years later, the largest canvas was given by his brother, Chao Wu-Wai, to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

He left the U.S. after a six week stay, traveling to Tokyo and then to Hong Kong, where he met his second wife Chan May-Kan (???, May Zao), a film actress who with two children from her first marriage. Under the influence of Zao, she became a successful sculptor. In 1972, she committed suicide at age 41 due to mental illness.

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Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Olympic Centennial, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Olympic Centennial, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch
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$5,169

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition n° 388, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition n° 388, 1995
22 x 29.9 inch
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$8,615

Zao Wou-Ki, La théière, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

La théière, 1952
15 x 22 inch
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$10,912

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 302A, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 302A, 1978
11 x 18.9 inch
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$8,041

Zao Wou-Ki, Les petits bateaux, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Les petits bateaux, 1953
12.8 x 9.8 inch
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$5,514

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 154, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 154, 1963
29.9 x 22 inch
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$9,189

Zao Wou-Ki, Canto Pisan 222, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Canto Pisan 222, 1972
20.9 x 13.8 inch
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$5,743

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 340, Print

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Composition 340, 1989
29.9 x 22 inch
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$9,189

Zao Wou-Ki, Randonnées (Rambles) 259, Print

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Randonnées (Rambles) 259, 1974
15 x 11 inch
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$5,743

Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 274, Print

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A la gloire de l'image 274, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch
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$6,892

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition, Print

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Composition, 2007
22 x 29.9 inch
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Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition, Print

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Composition, 2007
22 x 29.9 inch
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$3,216

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image, Print

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A la gloire de l'image, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch
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Zao Wou-Ki, Sans titre, Print

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Sans titre, 1987
22 x 29.9 x 0 inch
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$5,399

Zao Wou-Ki, Lithographie 269, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Lithographie 269, 1976
23.6 x 19.7 inch
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$5,169

Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 282, Print

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A la gloire de l'image 282, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch
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$6,892

Zao Wou-Ki, Elégie pour Jean-Mari n° 296, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Elégie pour Jean-Mari n° 296, 1978
16.8 x 12.8 inch
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$1,493

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 263, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 263, 1974
11 x 8.7 inch
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$4,595

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 302B, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 302B, 1978
11 x 18.9 inch
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$8,041

Zao Wou-Ki, Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy n°368, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy n°368, 1994
13.8 x 11 inch
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$4,365

Zao Wou-Ki, Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy n°367, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy n°367, 1994
13.8 x 11 inch
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$4,365

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy, 1994
13.8 x 11 inch
Print

$4,365

Zao Wou-Ki, Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy, 1994
13.8 x 11 inch
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$4,365

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 128, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 128, 1960
25.6 x 19.7 inch
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$8,041

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 130, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 130, 1961
25.6 x 19.7 inch
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$8,041

Zao Wou-Ki, L'étang 228, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

L'étang 228, 1972
20.9 x 13.8 inch
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$5,743

Zao Wou-Ki, Canto Pisan 224, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Canto Pisan 224, 1972
20.9 x 13.8 inch
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$5,743

Zao Wou-Ki, Canto Pisan 220, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Canto Pisan 220, 1972
20.9 x 13.8 inch
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$5,743

Zao Wou-Ki, Randonnées (Rambles) 260, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 260, 1974
15 x 11 inch
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$5,743

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 341, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 341, 1989
29.9 x 22 inch
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$8,041

Zao Wou-Ki, Randonnées (Rambles) 261, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 261, 1974
15 x 11 inch
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$5,743

Zao Wou-Ki, Randonnées (Rambles) 258, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 258, 1974
15 x 11 inch
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$5,743

Zao Wou-Ki, Randonnées (Rambles) 257, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 257, 1974
15 x 11 inch
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$5,743

Zao Wou-Ki, Paysage rouge (Red landscape), Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Paysage rouge (Red landscape), 1953
15.7 x 20.5 inch
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$11,487

Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 280, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 280, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch
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$6,892

Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 281, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 281, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch
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$6,892

Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 278, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 278, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch
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$6,892

Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 283, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 283, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch
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$6,892

Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 285, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 285, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch
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$6,892

Zao Wou-Ki, Ibiza, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Ibiza, 2004
19.7 x 25.6 inch
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$2,872

Zao Wou-Ki, Ibiza, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Ibiza, 2004
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch
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$2,297

Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$6,892

Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$6,892

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition, 1992
35 x 23.6 inch
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