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Art What!: Christie’s Modern & Contemporary Art Department presents The Season of Masterpieces

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Sanyu’s Chrysanthèmes roses dans une corbeille (Pink Chrysanthemum in a Basket,) oil on canvas (1931)

HONG KONG – From 2nd to 3rd December, Christie’s will present a curated selection of masterworks by artists from around the globe, spanning across eras, genres, mediums and cultures. These include previously announced highlights by artists including Zao Wou-Ki, Zhang Xiaogang, Andy Warhol, and Yayoi Kusama, as well as important works by leading abstract artists, a significant group of Southeast Asian artworks, and an outstanding masterpiece by the Chinese-French painter Sanyu.

Liu Ye’s Reading, oil and acrylic on canvas (2003)

Following the auction records set by Sanyu’s Five Nudes and White Chrysanthemum in a Blue and White Jardiniere over the past two seasons, Christie’s continues to be the market leader for Sanyu, this time presenting Chrysanthèmes roses dans une corbeille (Pink Chrysanthemum in a Basket), an impressive floral still-life by the artist.

Painted in 1931, Pink Chrysanthemums in a Basket is an exceptional example of Sanyu’s floral paintings from the ’30s, demonstrating the artist’s unique approach to composition and space. Using simple colors and a blend of stylization and realism, Sanyu utilized the Western medium of oil and canvas to capture a sense of Chinese aesthetics in his paintings of flowers. Pink Chrysanthemums in a Basket, with its unique vertical composition and delicately etched details, showcases the artist’s dedication to achieving a refined elegance in his work.

Kazuo Shiraga’s Henge, oil on canvas (1990)

This season, Christie’s will also offer a series of works by modern and contemporary masters of abstract art including Zao Wou-Ki, Chu Teh-Chun, Kazuo Shiraga & Cecily Brown. A major highlight is Chu Teh-Chun’s La Forêt Blanche I (The White Forest I), one of the best examples from Chu’s Snow Scene series, and is one of a pair of works painted in 1987 from the sub-series La forêt blanche (The White Forest). Featuring dramatic splashes and energetic brushstrokes, Snow Scene paintings are immensely sought after and are widely considered some of the artist’s best works. In 2012, Christie’s sold The White Forest II, which achieved a new world auction record for the artist at the time.

Chu Teh-Chun’s La Forêt Blanche I (The White Forest I) oil on canvas (1987)

Building upon a reputation for offering the best of Southeast Asian art from across the region, this season Christie’s will also present an extremely rare, large-format painting by Filipino artist Vicente Silva Manansala, Tiangge (Market scene), a work that has belonged to the same distinguished private collection for the past 15 years. Christie’s will also present the The Jean-Marc Lefèvre Collection of Vietnamese art in their day sale on 3rd December. Assembled over a span of 24 years, the group of 15 paintings span the timeline of modern Vietnamese painting from 1909 – 1983.

Vicente Silva Manansala’s Tiangge (Market scene), oil on canvas (1980)

During the preview at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Christie’s will also be presenting a full week of sales, lectures, previews, and exhibitions, featuring exquisite works that bear historical significance and distinguished provenance. Not only will there be modern and contemporary art, Chinese classical and modern paintings, and Chinese ceramics, but also a full array of luxury items from jewels to watches, fine wine and handbags and accessories.

Christie’s Modern and Contemporary Art auctions will take place on 2nd and 3rd December 2020, with a preview running from 27th November to 2nd December 2020 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information, visit their website here

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