Abstract painter Zao Wou-Ki, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and poor health, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
Zao, who’s work fetched millions of dollars and set records at auction, was living near Geneva with his third wife, Francoise Marquet, a former curator of the Museum of Modern Art of Paris. His role in the Lyrical Abstraction circle of postwar painters in France represents a juncture of Chinese and postwar European and American painting traditions.
Zao Wou Ki
194cm x 96cm
ZAO WOU-KI 1920-2013
Sir Charles John Holmes, Whernside 1917
Jester with a Lute. Franz Hals, 1624.
The traditional title dates from the eighteenth century and is based upon a mistaken identification with Pieter Ramp, who appears in a group portrait of about 1627 by Hals. The figures here are a young man and his new acquaintance at the doorway of an inn. The dog suggests not fidelity but spontaneous affection. This canvas, Hals’s only known dated genre scene, recalls earlier Netherlandish images of the Prodigal Son but is probably not intended as a representation of the biblical parable. Hals, his brother Dirck (1591–1656), and other Haarlem artists treated the theme of frivolous youth in remarkably various ways.
[Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - Oil on canvas, 105.4 x 79.4 cm]
Flower Piece (oil on canvas), Soutine, Chaim (1894-1943)
Portrait of a Woman with a Blue Background, 1927 (oil on canvas), Soutine, Chaim (1894-1943)
A Bright Day - T Allen Lawson