Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – Zao Wou-ki, widely regarded as one of the foremost Chinese contemporary painters of the 20th century, passed away on April 9 at the age of 93. His paintings uniquely combined the often disparate cultures and aesthetic visions of France and China. This is his 1954 oil on canvas, "Village en fête.
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – Born in Beijing in 1920, Zao was one of the few Chinese artists from his generation to emigrate to Europe, where he remained in France until his death. This is his 1957 oil on canvas, "Nous deux."
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – Zao eventually committed himself fully to abstract painting, rarely using even figurative titles after 1959. Instead, he titled his works with their date of completion, marking their entry into the world. This is his 1966 triptych, entitled "01.04.66."
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – Zao's paintings were known for their lyrical qualities: oscillating planes of color, light, and shade met, collided, and diverged, skidding across the surface of his works. Here is his 1982 triptych "27.08.82," an oil on canvas.
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – The apparent disorder of his paintings concealed an underlying structure, sometimes described as Daoist in nature, which bore striking parallels to a similar balance between order and chaos found in Chinese traditional painting. This is "18.09. 2001", an oil on canvas.
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – 2004. Erable rouge I. Oil on canvas.
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – 2005. Untitled. India ink on paper.
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – Orchidées - 14.12.2006. Oil on canvas.
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – 2006. Untitled (Guilin). India ink on paper.
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – 2007. Untitled (Ibiza). Watercolor on paper.
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – 2008. Untitled (La Cavalerie). Watercolor on paper.
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – 2009. Untitled (Paris). Watercolor on paper.
French President Jacques Chirac (L) gives the insignia of the 'Grand Officier de la Legion d'honneur' (Legion of Honor) to Zao Wou-ki at the Elysee Palace in Paris in November 2006.
Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013) – Elected to the Académie des Beaux Arts, Zao Wou-Ki (C) stands in the library of the institute, in 2003.
Zao Wou-Ki (L) sits with French Culture Minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon on October 13, 2003, during a press preview of his paintings at the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris.