Man of two Traditions

by swisscham in Culture & Society

Zao Wou-ki, one of China’s most influential artists, died at his home in Switzerland on April 9, aged 92. The reformer who mixed both Eastern and Western styles was a success both in terms of artistic accomplishment and performance at auction, his painting 10.1.68 setting a record in 2011 when it sold for HK$ 68.98 million (USD 8.9 million) at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. Strongly influenced by the Swiss-German painter Paul Klee (1879-1940), Zao gradually abandoned details, moving away from representational painting and turning toward abstraction. He believed abstraction provided the greatest freedom and strength. His canvases became a mesh of lines and colour blocks invoking scenes from the Earth, such as ocean and fire.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Your Swiss Business Platform in China

SwissCham China has roughly 600 company members. Our Chamber maintains a strong relationship with the Embassy of Switzerland, Swiss Global Enterprise, Swissnex and Switzerland Tourism. As the representative of the Swiss companies established in China, our goal is to help you to increase your business and visibility, especially amongst the Sino-Swiss business community.

Become A Member

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
October 9, 2020
Published By chinadaily.com.cn in Engineering / Manufacturing
October 6, 2020
Published By globenewswire.com in Engineering / Manufacturing
September 24, 2020
Published By schindler.com in Engineering / Manufacturing
September 14, 2020
Published By cgtn.com in Bilateral Relations
September 3, 2020
Published By s-ge.com in General Interest