Gilden's Art Gallery

The Heart of Asia - Lyrical Abstraction & Figuratism

The Heart of Asia - Lyrical Abstraction & Figuratism

Zao Wou-Ki, Chu Teh-Chun, Walasse Ting

We are delighted to present a selection of original lithographs, etchings and aquatints, and watercolours from three of the most important Chinese artists of the 20th Century.

Zao Wou-Ki 赵无极 and Chu Teh-Chun 朱德群 flourished in the Parisian art scene and brought immense creative and technical skills to printmaking in France. Whilst Walasse Ting 丁雄泉became a leading figure of the abstraction movement in NewYork, renowned for his vibrant watercolours.

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"Abstraction in art is no more abstract than isolated words in literature"

Zao Wou-Ki

ZAO WOU-KI

Untitled 159

1965

69.5 x 44.5 cm

Lithograph in colours on wove paper

This original lithograph in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Zao Wou-Ki" in Chinese and Pinyin at the lower right margin. It is also dated “65” [1965] next to the signature. It is hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 200, at the lower left margin. It was printed by E. & J. Desjobert, Paris and published by International Graphic Arts Society, New York in 1965 in a limited edition of 200 signed and numbered impressions. Literature: Ågerup, J. (1994). Zao Wou-Ki - The Graphic Work - A Catalogue Raisonné 1937-1995. Copenhagen: Heede & Moestrup. Reference: Ågerup 159

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ZAO WOU-KI

Composition IV, from: Canto Pisan

1972

52 x 35 cm

Etching and Aquatint in Colours

This original etching and aquatint in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist ""Zao Wou-Ki"" in Chinese and Pinyin at the lower right margin. It is hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 50, at the lower left margin. It was printed by Atelier Bellini, Paris and published by Pierre Belfond, Paris in 1972 in a total limited edition of 260 signed and numbered impressions. There were also 30 in Roman numerals on Japan nacre and an edition of 180 on Arches wove paper. The paper is folded along the central spine due to inclusion in the portfolio, the image is printed on the right hand leaf of the sheet. Note: The Cantos are a collection of epic poems spanning 40 years of writing by one of America’s most controversial poets, Ezra Pound. The most studied and well-known section is the Pisan Cantos, which were written by the poet during his wartime incarceration following the American liberation of Italy. The Pisan Cantos are also significant for their inclusion of Chinese characters and other non-English languages in the core of the texts. Forcing the reader to address the ideas of expression and cultural understanding. With only three books permitted during his detention Pound selected a text by Confucius in the original language, a translation to English of the same text and a Chinese dictionary. The Pisan Cantos are notable for their reliance on memory, particularly the literary and artistic circles once enjoyed by the poet in the early twentieth century. Zao Wou-Ki masterfully blended traditional Chinese expressionism with Western European abstraction to produce his important ‘Canto Pisan’. Eight magnificent etchings and aquatints with expressive and tonal colouring. With this series Wou-Ki continued his ongoing union of eastern and western ideas, finding a common visual language. Literature: Ågerup, J. (1994). Zao Wou-Ki - The Graphic Work - A Catalogue Raisonné 1937-1995. Copenhagen: Heede & Moestrup. Reference: Ågerup 221

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ZAO WOU KI

Composition V, from: Canto Pisan

1972

52 x 35 cm

Etching and Aquatint in Colours on Japan Paper

This original etching and aquatint in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist ""Zao Wou-Ki"" in Chinese and Pinyin at the lower right margin. It is hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 50, at the lower left margin. It was printed by Atelier Bellini, Paris and published by Pierre Belfond, Paris in 1972 in a total limited edition of 260 signed and numbered impressions. There were also 30 in Roman numerals on Japan nacre and an edition of 180 on Arches wove paper. The paper is folded along the central spine due to inclusion in the portfolio, the image is printed on the right hand leaf of the sheet. Note: The Cantos are a collection of epic poems spanning 40 years of writing by one of America’s most controversial poets, Ezra Pound. The most studied and well-known section is the Pisan Cantos, which were written by the poet during his wartime incarceration following the American liberation of Italy. The Pisan Cantos are also significant for their inclusion of Chinese characters and other non-English languages in the core of the texts. Forcing the reader to address the ideas of expression and cultural understanding. With only three books permitted during his detention Pound selected a text by Confucius in the original language, a translation to English of the same text and a Chinese dictionary. The Pisan Cantos are notable for their reliance on memory, particularly the literary and artistic circles once enjoyed by the poet in the early twentieth century. Zao Wou-Ki masterfully blended traditional Chinese expressionism with Western European abstraction to produce his important ‘Canto Pisan’. Eight magnificent etchings and aquatints with expressive and tonal colouring. With this series Wou-Ki continued his ongoing union of eastern and western ideas, finding a common visual language. Literature: Ågerup, J. (1994). Zao Wou-Ki - The Graphic Work - A Catalogue Raisonné 1937-1995. Copenhagen: Heede & Moestrup. Reference: Ågerup 222

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ZAO WOU-KI

Composition VII, from: Canto Pisan

1972

52 x 35 cm

Etching and Aquatint in Colours on Japan Paper

This original etching and aquatint in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist ""Zao Wou-Ki"" in Chinese and Pinyin at the lower right margin. It is hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 50, at the lower left margin. It was printed by Atelier Bellini, Paris and published by Pierre Belfond, Paris in 1972 in a total limited edition of 260 signed and numbered impressions. There were also 30 in Roman numerals on Japan nacre and an edition of 180 on Arches wove paper. The paper is folded along the central spine due to inclusion in the portfolio, the image is printed on the right hand leaf of the sheet. Note: The Cantos are a collection of epic poems spanning 40 years of writing by one of America’s most controversial poets, Ezra Pound. The most studied and well-known section is the Pisan Cantos, which were written by the poet during his wartime incarceration following the American liberation of Italy. The Pisan Cantos are also significant for their inclusion of Chinese characters and other non-English languages in the core of the texts. Forcing the reader to address the ideas of expression and cultural understanding. With only three books permitted during his detention Pound selected a text by Confucius in the original language, a translation to English of the same text and a Chinese dictionary. The Pisan Cantos are notable for their reliance on memory, particularly the literary and artistic circles once enjoyed by the poet in the early twentieth century. Zao Wou-Ki masterfully blended traditional Chinese expressionism with Western European abstraction to produce his important ‘Canto Pisan’. Eight magnificent etchings and aquatints with expressive and tonal colouring. With this series Wou-Ki continued his ongoing union of eastern and western ideas, finding a common visual language. Literature: Ågerup, J. (1994). Zao Wou-Ki - The Graphic Work - A Catalogue Raisonné 1937-1995. Copenhagen: Heede & Moestrup. Reference: Ågerup 224

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ZAO WOU-KI

Composition VIII, from: Canto Pisan

1972

52 x 35 cm

Etching and Aquatint in Colours on Japan Paper

This original etching and aquatint in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist ""Zao Wou-Ki"" in Chinese and Pinyin at the lower right margin. It is hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 50, at the lower left margin. It was printed by Atelier Bellini, Paris and published by Pierre Belfond, Paris in 1972 in a total limited edition of 260 signed and numbered impressions. There were also 30 in Roman numerals on Japan nacre and an edition of 180 on Arches wove paper. The paper is folded along the central spine due to inclusion in the portfolio, the image is printed on the right hand leaf of the sheet. Note: The Cantos are a collection of epic poems spanning 40 years of writing by one of America’s most controversial poets, Ezra Pound. The most studied and well-known section is the Pisan Cantos, which were written by the poet during his wartime incarceration following the American liberation of Italy. The Pisan Cantos are also significant for their inclusion of Chinese characters and other non-English languages in the core of the texts. Forcing the reader to address the ideas of expression and cultural understanding. With only three books permitted during his detention Pound selected a text by Confucius in the original language, a translation to English of the same text and a Chinese dictionary. The Pisan Cantos are notable for their reliance on memory, particularly the literary and artistic circles once enjoyed by the poet in the early twentieth century. Zao Wou-Ki masterfully blended traditional Chinese expressionism with Western European abstraction to produce his important ‘Canto Pisan’. Eight magnificent etchings and aquatints with expressive and tonal colouring. With this series Wou-Ki continued his ongoing union of eastern and western ideas, finding a common visual language. Literature: Ågerup, J. (1994). Zao Wou-Ki - The Graphic Work - A Catalogue Raisonné 1937-1995. Copenhagen: Heede & Moestrup. Reference: Ågerup 225

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WALASSE TING

Women with Fans and Bird

1990

63.7 x 84.3 cm

Watercolour and Ink

Private North American Collection

This ink and watercolour is stamp signed with the artist’s seal in red ink in the lower left of the composition.

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Reclining Woman with Horseriders

WALASSE TING

1990

37 x 47 cm

Watercolour and Ink

This watercolour is stamp signed with the artist’s seal in red ink in the centre of the composition.

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ZAO WOU-KI

Composition I, from Rambles | Randonnées

1974

55 x 37 cm

Etching and Aquatint in Colours on Japan Paper

This original etching and aquatint in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Zao Wou-Ki" in Chinese and Pinyin at the lower right margin. It is also dated “74” [1974] next to the signature. It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 14, at the lower left margin. Our impression is from a deluxe suite of 14 on Japan paper aside from the standard edition of 125 on Rives paper. It was printed by Atelier Bellini, Paris and published by Yves Rivière, Paris in 1974. There were also three artist’s proofs and 4 hors commerce [out of trade] impressions on Japan paper. Note: This composition is the first of five created for the book Randonnées [Rambles] written by Roger Caillois. Literature: Ågerup, J. (1994). Zao Wou-Ki - The Graphic Work - A Catalogue Raisonné 1937-1995. Copenhagen: Heede & Moestrup. Reference: Ågerup 257

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ZAO WOU KI

Untitled No. 289

1978

54 x 76 cm

Lithograph in colours on wove paper

This original lithograph in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Zao Wou-Ki" in Chinese and Pinyin at the lower right margin. It is dated “78” [1978] next to the signature. It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 150, at the lower left margin. There were also 20 artist’s proofs. It was printed by Bellini, Paris and published by Egmont H. Petersen, Copenhagen in 1974. The paper bears the Arches watermark in the lower left corner. Literature: Ågerup, J. (1994). Zao Wou-Ki - The Graphic Work - A Catalogue Raisonné 1937-1995. Copenhagen: Heede & Moestrup. Reference: Ågerup 289

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CHU TEH-CHUN

Village in a Red Rain

1960

50.5 x 66 cm

Lithograph in colours on wove paper

This work is hand signed in pencil by the artist " Chu Teh-Chun " at the lower right corner. It is hand numbered in pencil “19/60” on the lower left part. The paper bears the BFK Rives watermark. It was printed in circa 1960 in a limited edition of 60 signed and numbered impressions and a few artist proofs.

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