The most complete monograph on one of the world’s greatest contemporary painters.
Raised in Shanghai, Zao Wou-Ki (1920–2013) rose to prominence in his adopted France, and was one of the world’s most celebrated artists at the time of his death. Trained in both Western and Chinese painting, Zao’s work transcended both.
“I wanted to paint di erently,” Zao Wou-Ki wrote about his decision to leave China in 1948, and shortly after he landed in Paris, his work took on in uences of Henri Matisse and Paul Klee. As he moved beyond the West for inspiration, Zao gradually moved beyond China, too, employing abstraction; enormous, multi-panel canvases; and bright colors that recall J. M. W. Turner or Franz Kline.
Prepared in cooperation with the artist’s estate, Zao Wou-Ki: 1935–2010 includes excellent color reproductions of more than three hundred works, as well as a biocritical essay, detailed notes on key works, a critical anthology, and an illustrated chronology.
Dominique de Villepin is a writer of non ction and poetry. He served as prime minister of France from 2005 to 2007.
Yann Hendgen is a curator and the artistic director of the Zao Wou-Ki Foundation.
Françoise Marquet is the artist’s widow and was a curator at the Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris.