Description: Le Cerf (The Stag), 1951 Ink and washing on paper 23 x 28 cm
Artist or Maker: Zao Wou-Ki (Chinese/French, 1921 - 2013)
Literature: A master of postwar abstraction, Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) created a unique pictorial language shaped by diverse influences. Throughout his long career, Zao's experimentations in oil on canvas, ink on paper, lithography, engraving, and watercolor, allowed each image to evolve from the next, without imposing boundaries. As an artist, he came to inhabit his given name, Wou-Ki, or ?? "no limits."Zao Wou-Ki began his formal artistic training at the age of fifteen at the newly established National Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Art) located in Hangzhou. In 1948 Zao immigrated to Paris and soon took the international art world by storm. Over the course of the next six decades, Zao became a major presence in Europe, America, and Asia, and now stands out as an exemplar of the global scope of modern abstraction.
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