Zao Wou-Ki was an artist whose work unites Oriental landscapes with the influences of abstraction and of the Paris School. His signature, which combines a first name in Chinese characters and the Zao family name in Western script, symbolises this synthesis of Eastern and Western cultures in his paintings.
A retrospective of his work was held in 2011 at de Sarthe Fine Art, Hong Kong. The gallery owner, Pascal de Sarthe said, "The art world has lost a giant, especially in Asia. He was a great man, kind and generous with a great passion for art. His original contribution to modern Chinese culture positioned him as a leading figure of the postwar generation. His paintings were not simply abstract, they expressed thoughts and feelings."
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