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Lot 4: Cai BaoYu, Still Life 'Honeydew and Porcelain', 1997
January 31, 2014
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Oil on canvas
Cai Baoyu (b. 1958) - contemporary Chinese artist
Signed and dated lower left 'Baoyu / 1991'
Dimensions, framed: 84 x 101 cm
Very good condition
Provenance: German private collection; the work was executed by the artist as a commission
A contemporary still life in the tradition of the 17th Century; paintings by Cai BaoYu fetch over 43,000 euros at auction
This still life by Cai Baoyu was created in 1997 and shows a composition with honeydews and blue and white porcelain. The background is abstracted, only a red cloth, draped on the wall, sets a colourful highlight. The Chinese artist has conceived his work in the tradition of the masters of the Dutch Golden Age. Baoyu has captured the juicy fruits in an almost photorealist style, even the little drops of water on the skins are drawn in the finest manner. The artist's oeuvre is defined by still lifes of this kind, which conflate western painting conventions and Far Eastern elements.
The painting is in very good condition and shows intended craquelure, particularly evident on the leaves of the melons. The frame shows light signs of age and wear. The work is signed and dated lower left 'Baoyu / 1991'. Framed it measures 84 x 101 cm, the stretcher frame measures 63 x 80 cm.
Cai Baoyu (b. 1958)
Cai Baoyu graduated in 1982 from the Academy of Arts in Tianjin, in northern China. He takes his inspiration from the painting tradition of the 17th Century, in particular from the great masters of the Dutch Golden Age. Thus he creates expressive works in which he brings together Western and Eastern elements. Today Cai Baoyu lives and works in Beijing.