ZAO WOU-KI

Sans Titre

  • medium Lithograph
  • edition 9/15
  • size 19.25w x 16.25h in
  • created 1956
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Notes

COA: This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Literature: Yves Rivière ed., Arts et Metiers Graphiques, Zao Wou-ki: Les estampe 1937-1974, Paris, France, 1975 (different edition illustrated, plate 103, p. 64).
Edition Heede & Moestrup, Zao Wou-ki: The Graphic Work, A Catalogue Raisonné 1937-1995, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1994 (different edition illustrated, plate 100, p. 69)
Additional Info: Edition H.C. 9/15; aside from an edition of 150
Collection Note:

Sans Titre is an example of Zao Wou-ki’s fascination with Shang-dynasty oracle bone script — the earliest known form of Chinese writing, dating as far back as 1500 BC. In the 1950s, Zao created works featuring simple figures evocative of petroglyphs, expressing his interest in capturing the fundamental essence of forms.

Combining the gestural movements of traditional calligraphy with the compositional structure of the abstract painting, Zao’s works of the late 1950s represent a transitional phase between the early oracle-bone style and his more energetic style of the 1960s.

Zao Wou-ki stopped naming his works in the 1950s in order to avoid ascribing overt visual associations.