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Zao Wou-Ki

Zao Wou-Ki

China • Born in: 1921

​Master Artists

Somber Abstract Painters

Abstract Japanese Art

Printmakers Artists

Chinese artists

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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Zao Wou-Ki, L'étang, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

L'étang, 1972 15 x 11 inch Print

$3,629

Zao Wou-Ki, L'étang, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

L'étang, 1972 15 x 11 inch Print

$3,629

Zao Wou-Ki, L'étang, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

L'étang, 1972 15 x 11 inch Print

$3,007

Zao Wou-Ki, Beau regard, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Beau regard, 1981 14.6 x 11 inch Print

$3,629

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition, 2007 22 x 29.9 inch Print

$2,903

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

$3,940

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Lithographie 269, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Lithographie 269, 1976 23.6 x 19.7 inch Print

$4,666

Zao Wou-Ki, Le pophète, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Le pophète, 1992 9.8 x 9.4 x 2.8 inch Print

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Zao Wou-Ki, Tentation de l'occident, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident, 1962 15 x 11 x 0 inch Print

$4,977

Zao Wou-Ki, Tentation de l'occident, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident, 1962 15 x 11 x 0 inch Print

$4,977

Zao Wou-Ki, Tentation de l'occident, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident, 1962 15 x 11 x 0 inch Print

$4,977

Zao Wou-Ki, Les petits bateaux, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Les petits bateaux, 1953 12.8 x 9.8 inch Print

$4,977

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

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 261, 1974 15 x 11 inch Print

$5,184

Zao Wou-Ki, Le monde de l’art n’est pas le monde du pardon, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Le monde de l’art n’est pas le monde du pardon, 1974 13.4 x 10.2 x 0.4 inch Print

$6,429

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

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition n° 388, 1995 22 x 29.9 inch Print

$7,777

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 128, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 128, 1960 25.6 x 19.7 inch Print

$7,258

Our recommendations 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

$6,221

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 154, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 154, 1963 29.9 x 22 inch Print

$8,295

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 Print

$6,221

Zao Wou-Ki, Tentation de l'occident, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident, 1962 15 x 11 x 0 inch Print

$4,977

Zao Wou-Ki, Tentation de l'occident, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident, 1962 15 x 11 x 0 inch Print

$4,977

Zao Wou-Ki, Tentation de l'occident, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident, 1962 15 x 11 x 0 inch Print

$4,977

Zao Wou-Ki, Tentation de l'occident, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident, 1962 15 x 11 x 0 inch Print

$4,977

Zao Wou-Ki, Tentation de l'occident, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident, 1962 15 x 11 x 0 inch Print

$4,977

Zao Wou-Ki, Tentation de l'occident, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident, 1962 15 x 11 x 0 inch Print

$4,977

Zao Wou-Ki, Tentation de l'occident, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident, 1962 15 x 11 x 0 inch Print

$4,666

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 Print

$3,629

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 263, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 263, 1974 11 x 8.7 inch Print

$4,148

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 Print

$3,940

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 Print

$3,940

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

$3,940

Zao Wou-Ki, Canto Pisan 220, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Canto Pisan 220, 1972 20.9 x 13.8 inch Print

$5,184

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

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 260, 1974 15 x 11 inch Print

$5,184

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

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 259, 1974 15 x 11 inch Print

$5,184

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

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 258, 1974 15 x 11 inch Print

$5,184

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

Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 257, 1974 15 x 11 inch Print

$5,184

Zao Wou-Ki, Éclats, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Éclats, 1992 12.4 x 9.8 inch Print

$3,940

Zao Wou-Ki, La tentation de l'occident, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

La tentation de l'occident, 1962 15.7 x 11.8 inch Print

$25,922

Zao Wou-Ki, Tree of Life, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Tree of Life, 1998 30.1 x 22.4 inch Print

$6,429

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

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 282, 1976 22 x 29.9 inch Print

$6,221

Zao Wou-Ki, La théière, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

La théière, 1952 15 x 22 inch Print

$9,850

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 302B, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 302B, 1978 11 x 18.9 inch Print

$7,258

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 302A, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 302A, 1978 11 x 18.9 inch Print

$7,258

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 130, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 130, 1961 25.6 x 19.7 inch Print

$7,258

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 340, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 340, 1989 29.9 x 22 inch Print

$8,295

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition 341, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 341, 1989 29.9 x 22 inch Print

$7,258

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 Print

$6,221

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 Print

$6,221

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

Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 274, 1976 22 x 29.9 inch Print

$6,221

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 Print

$6,221

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 Print

$6,221

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

$6,221

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

$6,221

Zao Wou-Ki, Composition, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition, 1959 3.5 x 6.4 inch Print

$6,221

Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition, 2007 22 x 29.9 inch Print

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Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition, 1992 35 x 23.6 inch Print

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Zao Wou-Ki, L'étang 228, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

L'étang 228, 1972 20.9 x 13.8 inch Print

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Zao Wou-Ki, Canto Pisan 222, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Canto Pisan 222, 1972 20.9 x 13.8 inch Print

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Zao Wou-Ki, Canto Pisan 224, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Canto Pisan 224, 1972 20.9 x 13.8 inch Print

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Zao Wou-Ki, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975 14 x 10.2 inch Print

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Who is the artist?

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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What is Zao Wou-Ki’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Somber Abstract Painters, Abstract Japanese Art

When was Zao Wou-Ki born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1921