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Zao Wou-Ki

China Born in: 1921 Masterpieces

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, A la gloire de l'image, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image, 1976
56 x 76 cm
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Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition n° 388, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition n° 388, 1995
56 x 76 cm
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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
35 x 28 cm
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$4,426

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 128, Print

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Composition 128, 1960
65 x 50 cm
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$8,153

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition, Print

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Composition, 2007
56 x 76 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Le monde de l’art n’est pas le monde du pardon, Print

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Le monde de l’art n’est pas le monde du pardon, 1974
34 x 26 x 1 cm
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Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Lithographie 269, Print

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Lithographie 269, 1976
60 x 50 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 263, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 263, 1974
28 x 22 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 302B, Print

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Composition 302B, 1978
28 x 48 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 302A, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 302A, 1978
28 x 48 cm
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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
35 x 28 cm
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$4,426

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
35 x 28 cm
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$4,426

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 154, Print

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Composition 154, 1963
76 x 56 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Randonnées (Rambles) 258, Print

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Randonnées (Rambles) 258, 1974
38 x 28 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 278, Print

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A la gloire de l'image 278, 1976
56 x 76 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 283, Print

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A la gloire de l'image 283, 1976
56 x 76 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 282, Print

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A la gloire de l'image 282, 1976
56 x 76 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, La théière, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

La théière, 1952
38 x 56 cm
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$11,065

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

Zao Wou-Ki

Elégie pour Jean-Mari n° 296, 1978
42.6 x 32.6 cm
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$4,076

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
35 x 28 cm
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$4,426

Zao Wou-Ki, Les petits bateaux, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Les petits bateaux, 1953
32.5 x 25 cm
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$5,591

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 130, Print

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Composition 130, 1961
65 x 50 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, L'étang 228, Print

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L'étang 228, 1972
53 x 35 cm
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$5,824

Zao Wou-Ki, Canto Pisan 220, Print

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Canto Pisan 220, 1972
53 x 35 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Randonnées (Rambles) 260, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 260, 1974
38 x 28 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 340, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 340, 1989
76 x 56 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 341, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 341, 1989
76 x 56 cm
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$8,153

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

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 261, 1974
38 x 28 cm
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$5,824

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

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 259, 1974
38 x 28 cm
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$5,824

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

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 257, 1974
38 x 28 cm
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$5,824

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

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 280, 1976
56 x 76 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 281, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 281, 1976
56 x 76 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 274, Print

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A la gloire de l'image 274, 1976
56 x 76 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, A la gloire de l'image 285, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 285, 1976
56 x 76 cm
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$6,988

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

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image, 1976
56 x 76 cm
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$6,988

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

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image, 1976
56 x 76 cm
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$6,988

Zao Wou-Ki, Tree of Life, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Tree of Life, 1998
76.5 x 57 cm
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$7,221

Zao Wou-Ki, Éclats, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Éclats, 1992
31.5 x 25 cm
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$4,426

Zao Wou-Ki, Sans Titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans Titre, 1974
56.5 x 76 cm
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$5,591

Zao Wou-Ki, Sans Titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans Titre, 1967
56 x 75 cm
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$6,406

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition, 1992
89 x 60 cm
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Composition, 2007
56 x 76 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Canto Pisan 224, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Canto Pisan 224, 1972
53 x 35 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Canto Pisan 222, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Canto Pisan 222, 1972
53 x 35 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
35.5 x 26 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, 'La Peau des Choses' poèmes de Michel Ragon, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

'La Peau des Choses' poèmes de Michel Ragon, 1968
50 x 37 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Champs abandonnés, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Champs abandonnés, 1954
50.3 x 66 x 0.2 cm
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Zao Wou-Ki, Sans titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans titre, 1998
56 x 76 x 0.01 cm
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