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Zao Wou-Ki through the eyes of photographer Raphaël Gaillarde

mardi 17 juillet 2018

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  • Zao Wou-Ki dans son atelier parisien, (C) RMN-Grand Palais - Gestion droit d'auteur (C) ADAGP, Paris
    Zao Wou-Ki in his Paris studio, by Raphaël Gaillarde
    (C) RMN-Grand Palais (C) ADAGP, Paris


Portrait of the artist Zao Wou-Ki in his Paris studio, by the photographer Raphaël Gaillarde

Zao Wou-Ki, who died in 2013, was a Chinese painter and engraver who arrived in France in 1946 and is being honoured at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris with the exhibition L’espace est silence.

As one of the best-known and most emblematic figures of informal art, his works allowed him to link the cultures of East and West. His creations combined composition using the technical methods of his Easter heritage, such as calligraphy and Indian ink, with the artistic and poetic approach of Western lyrical abstraction, an artistic trend that was part of the informal art movement.

In November 2009, the photographer Raphaël Gaillarde visited the artist’s Paris studio for a series of portraits. Our photographic agency has this series. In a jovial atmosphere, it shows us the creative space of Zao Wou-Ki who, at the age of 89, continued to express his art from the tip of his paint brushes.

The journalist and writer Claude Roy said of the artist: “[he was] a great painter whose work continued on from at least ten major centuries of Chinese art, and who was one of the best modern painters in the West.” 


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Zao Wou-Ki
Informal art