The Brilliance of Post-War Abstraction: A Selection of Modern Art Spring Auctions
Gu Quan said that after the war, abstract art blossomed everywhere. Among them, the brilliant abstract expressionism, or the style collectively known as "thermal abstraction," advocates improvisation that integrates emotions into painting, expressing overflowing emotions in brushstrokes and colors, in the Parisian painting scene. There are great masters such as George Matthew, Zao Wou-ki, Zhu Dequn, Xie Jinglan, etc. The Chinese abstract artists based in Italy are represented by Xiao Qin; geometric abstraction or "cold abstraction", which is contrary to the concept of lyrical abstract art, focuses on Yu constructs a picture composed of hard-edged elements, and uses meticulous techniques to create a clear and absolute aesthetic logic. Representative painters include Terry Frost and British Chinese artist Lin Shouyu.
"Beyond the Limits: Modern Art Evening Sale" George Matthews "Dawn of Adversity" oil painting canvas, 1988, 146 x 114.5 cm. Estimate: 1,000,000-2,000,000 Hong Kong dollars. The Western leader of French lyrical abstract art, George Matthew , With its explosive brushstrokes and colorful colors blending as its style logo. "The Dawn of Adversity" is the artist's representative work of entering the "wild period" in the 1980s. Among the layers of color blocks, the golden lines are refracted from the center, symbolizing that the light is better than the darkness in the chaos, and the blue behind it , White, and red also clearly point to the colors of the French flag, symbolizing the three spirits of the French nation: freedom, equality and fraternity.
George Matthews "A Tribute to Huaduo", oil on canvas, painted in 1974, 150 x 500 cm. Estimated value: 5,000,000-10,000,00 Hong Kong dollars. Another five-meter masterpiece "A Tribute to Huaduo" debuted this season "Founded in the 1970s at the peak of Matthew’s career, the title pays tribute to the representative painter of the Rococo era-Antoine Vadodor, creating a pink universe that is different from the ordinary monotone background, which is naturally reminiscent of Rococo streamers. Lost dreams, while showing its creativity comparable to the classics and ambition to surpass the masters, compose a glorious and glorious epic with fiery emotions.
Zao Wou-ki's "Manor 07.52-05.06.55" oil painting on canvas, painted from 1952 to 1955, 54 x 65 cm. Estimated value: 12,000,000-20,000,000 Hong Kong dollars. Outside the Western perspective, Zao Wou-ki is a post-war Chinese abstract A master of art, "Manor-07.52-05.06.55" is a wonderful masterpiece made during the "Oracle period". It witnesses the artist breaking through the shackles of tradition and opening an important turning point in a new stage of art. The lines depicting the scenery in the painting are Gradually lead to the basic elements of oriental characters, scattered from the center to the surroundings, suspended in the shape of a ring, and the similar composition is further inherited in the masterpiece "Fire", which was born in the same year as this painting in the collection of the Centre Pompidou in France. And development, reflects the pivotal position of this painting in the creation process of the 1950s.
Zao Wou-ki's "05.11.62" oil painting on canvas, 1962, 81 x 116 cm. Estimated value: 30,000,000-50,000,000 Hong Kong dollars. "05.11.62" is a classic masterpiece of Zao Wou-ki's 1960s during the wild grass period. The picture is full and vigorous. The colors and majestic lines gave birth to the pulsation of shaking the world; it originated from the Rhein Gallery in Toronto, which contributed to post-war abstract art, and witnessed the rapid expansion of the artist's global art landscape in the 1960s, reaching its peak.
Modern Art Day Sale Zao Wou-Ki's "14.11.77" Oil Painting Canvas, 1977, 66.5 x 55.5 cm. Estimated price: 5,000,000-7,000,000 Hong Kong dollars. To undertake the artistic tension of the power of the painting in the 1960s, from the 1970s Zao Wou-ki began to review his own cultural origins, explore traditional ink painting techniques through oil paint, personally inherit the traditional aesthetics of Chinese painting, enhance space performance, and create a magnificent and unrestrained environment. "14.11.77" is one of the classic representatives.
Zao Wou-ki's "28.12.99" oil on canvas, painted in 1999, 114 x 146 cm. Entering the 1990s, Zao Wou-ki made another leap forward in his career, winning awards at home and abroad, and constantly invited exhibitions. He was awarded France in 1993 Former President François Mitterrand awarded the "French Legion of Honor", and was awarded by the then Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, with the Villeme Medal from the Paris Municipal Government. The following year, he was awarded the "Japan" by the Emperor Akihito of Japan. "World Culture Award", his outstanding artistic contribution is internationally renowned. At this time, Zao Wou-ki, as he climbed thousands of peaks and read everything, gradually moved towards a comfortable, open-minded and open-minded realm. His works have shed his heyday ambitions, but instead show a sense of sitting and watching the clouds, calmly. Lyric of relief. "28.12.99" is the artist's classic creation at this stage, showing his brand-new life and spiritual height.
Zao Wou-ki's "20.06.2000" oil painting on canvas, 2000, 114 x 146 cm. Estimated value: 18,000,000-28,000,000 Hong Kong dollars. Unlike most of the "Boundless Period", most of the works gather air, leave blank and empty composition, "20.06 .2000 is laid out horizontally with highly saturated orange and strong purple. The overall composition reminds me of the artist's "Mikoto-10.03.72" created by the artist in the 1970s to mourn the death of Mikoto. In contrast, "20.06.2000" The strong contradictions and conflicts in the early days have dissipated, symbolizing the artist's completely different attitude towards life at this time, and the gentle experience of the delicate and sincere life.
Zhu Dequn "Composition No. 127" oil painting canvas, painted in 1962, 60.5 x 92.5 cm. Estimated value: 4,500,000-8,000,000 Hong Kong dollars. At the same time, the Chinese avant-garde influencing the European abstract art world still has Zhu Dequn, which will appear this season "Composition No. 127" is a classic representative of the 1960s. The creation was exhibited at the Legend Gallery in the same year, witnessing the rapid expansion of the artist's career in Europe during this period, and the expressive abstract form of the West was integrated into the picture. The unrestrained nature of Chinese calligraphy, with the intense vertical and horizontal strokes, expresses the pulse of nature and the spiritual connotation of traditional landscapes. Its creative concept and artistic expression are in the same line as the "Composition No. 73" that appeared in Japanese auctions. .
Zhu Dequn "Composition No. 73", oil on canvas, painted in 1961, 116 x 73 cm. Estimated price: 4,000,000-6,000,000 Hong Kong dollars.
Fernando Sopel, Untitled (dedicated to Geraldo) ·Ruda)》Oil on canvas, silver foil canvas, painted in 1959, 40 x 50 cm. Estimated value: 1,800,000-2,800,000 Hong Kong dollars. Hispanic Filipino artist Fernando Sopel is also active in the era of lyrical abstract art, and is deeply influenced by Chinese culture He even named himself "Cao Boqi". "Untitled (Dedicated to Geraldo Ruda)" is from the most important "Saeta" series in the early stage of the artist's creative career. The picture follows the charm and philosophical thoughts of oriental calligraphy, with exquisite lines and intertwined expressions of extreme passion. Echoing with speed, with the abstract masterpiece of Matthew in the same field.
Xie Jinglan, "Is this fight equal?" "Oil on canvas, 1967, 112.9 x 145.2 cm. Estimated value: 2,000,000-4,000,000 Hong Kong dollars. At the same time, Xie Jinglan, with her bold and avant-garde artistic vocabulary, is a 20th-century Chinese woman in the hall of male-dominated French modern art. The artist has pioneered more than half of the country. "Is this fight equal?" "The proposition with interrogative sentences is an extraordinary autobiographical work by Xie Jinglan. The two abstract structures in the painting face each other, and the lines full of rhythm, like finding relief in a tremor, and Xie Jinglan's attempt to break free from the shackles of the modern art world dominated by male artists, and the full-hearted ambition of struggling to break through the encirclement echoes and symbolizes After the war, the consciousness of female artists rose, exuding the heroic style of women.
Xie Jinglan's "Untitled" on paper, with mixed media, made in 1995, 234 x 151 cm. Estimated value: 1,800,000-3,000,000 Hong Kong dollars. "Untitled" presented on the same scene is Xie Jinglan's late creation. In the past twenty years, Xie Jinglan’s creative style has been fully presented, beginning with abstract symbols and line structures, presenting the surging emotions that are intertwined with complex and rich layers; finally, using more proficient and consummate techniques to integrate years of experience in the field of music and dance, Returning to pure abstraction again, reaching the evolutionary process of the peak of his creation.
Lin Fengmian's "Constitution" on paper, composed in 1964, 67.5 x 66 cm on the other side. Lin Fengmian studied in France in the 1920s, at the time of Picasso, Braque, Kandinsky, and Mondrian Other modern masters gathered in Paris, giving birth to new trends of thought such as Cubism, Fauvism, and Abstraction, and closely linked with Italian Futurism and Dutch Stylistic Movement, forming the basis of Lin Fengmian's modern art. "Composition" which appeared in this season's evening auctions is the only purely abstract creation of Lin Fengmian I have seen so far. It combines the results of his comprehensive exploration of Western modernism. Through the overlapping and layering of geometric structures, it expresses the mechanical rhythm and dynamics. Highlight the continuity of time and give the picture a dynamic beauty.
Lin Shouyu's "Painting and Relief 20.5.1963" mixed media canvas, painted in 1963, 127 x 127 cm. Estimated price: 3,500,000-5,500,000 Hong Kong dollars. Compared with the lyrical and romantic post-war abstract art in France, the development of abstract art in Britain More focused on exploring the aesthetic potential of geometric images, giving people a sense of order, reason and objectivity. In the 1960s, Lin Shouyu made his mark in the British art scene with the "White Series" and became the first Chinese artist invited to participate in the Kassel Documents Exhibition in Germany. He was also signed by the famous Marlboro Gallery as its agent painter. This season's modern art evening sale, "Painting Relief 20.5.1963", is a masterpiece of the same series, combining the images of the artist's works with frosted aluminum panels that are widely favored by collectors.
Terry Frost's "Green and Orange" acrylic on canvas, painted in 1970, 152.5 x 122.5 cm. Estimated value: 500,000-1,000,000 Hong Kong dollars. The St. Ives school of painting originated in the south of England was the promotion of the United Kingdom The main force in the process of post-war modernism, as an important and prominent member of the school of painting, Terry Frost's abstract creations are made of bright colors and geometric patterns, especially circles and semicircles. In "Green and Orange", the artist uses his free brushstrokes to construct an array of black circles in the upper half of the picture, reminiscent of Hsiao Chin's "Pangtu period" series of works in the 1960s, which is quite Oriental Zen; overlapping geometry The color blocks form a simple and rich sense of visual space, and the rational and logical thinking revealed in the picture is also the source of Western inspiration for Lin Shouyu's work.
Xiao Qin's "Quiet Permanent Garden" acrylic on canvas, painted in 1996, 200 x 270 cm. Estimated price: 1,500,000-2,500,000 Hong Kong dollars