Zao Wou-Ki Paintings 1950's - 1960's Zao Wou-Ki, Mar 18, 2011 - Apr 29, 2011

Zao Wou-Ki, Bateaux au port, 1952, Oil on canvas, 130 x 162 cm

Zao Wou-Ki, Corrida, 1953, Oil on canvas, 89 x 116 cm

Zao Wou-Ki, Untitled, 1958, Oil on canvas, 62 x 66 cm

Zao Wou-Ki, Untitled, 1958, Oil on canvas, 114 x 146 cm

Zao Wou-Ki, 02.04.59, 1959, Oil on canvas, 91 x 132 cm

Zao Wou-Ki, 25.05.60, 1960, Oil on canvas, 195 x 114 cm

Zao Wou-Ki, 04.11.61, 1961, Oil on canvas, 150 x 162 cm

Zao Wou-Ki, 07.06.63, 1963, Oil on canvas, 131 x 196 cm

Zao Wou-Ki, 21.10.63, 1963, Oil on canvas, 200 x 180 cm

Zao Wou-Ki, 02.03.64 Homage to René Char, 1964, Oil on canvas, 135 x 145 cm


de Sarthe Gallery, a leading gallery specializing in 19th and 20th Century Masters, paintings and sculptures, today opened its first Asian gallery in Hong Kong at Club Lusitano with an inaugural exhibition by Zao Wou-Ki, the most celebrated Chinese artist.

From March 18 to April 29, 2011, de Sarthe Gallery will showcase a rare exhibition of 10 masterpiece paintings by Zao Wou-Ki from 1952 to 1964.

“We are extremely honored to bring such a prestigious collection to mark our debut in Hong Kong and Asia. This will be the first gallery exhibition of Zao Wou-Ki paintings of exceptional quality and breadth to be held in the past 10 years,” said Pascal and Sylvie de Sarthe, the founders and driving forces behind this family-run gallery established in Paris in 1977.

Born in Beijing in 1920, this selection of ten paintings from 1950’s and 1960’s shows the transition between the influence the West had on Zao Wou-Ki when he arrived in Paris as a young artist, and after his trip to New York in 1957 and 1958, when he met with New York Abstract Expressionist artists, and then when he completely freed himself to paint in the free lyrical styles that are unique to Zao Wou-Ki.

Among the exhibition is a very rare painting done in 1958 when the artist travelled to Hong Kong for six months where he met his second wife Chan May-Kan. He painted 10 paintings during this trip but unfortunately very few remains.

With extensive international experience, de Sarthe Fine Art has been working in Asia over the past 30 years and has built a solid reputation among its growing Asian collectors, “therefore the choice for Hong Kong was obvious for de Sarthe Fine Art as it is the perfect hub for the Asian region and for us to grow and nurture our relationships with our collectors across Asia”, explains Pascal de Sarthe.

The opening exhibition of Zao Wou-Ki was supported by the Champagne house Perrier-Jouët.

For further information please contact the gallery at or at (+852) 2167 8896.


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