Chinese masterpieces go on show

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 April, 2010, 12:00am

Leading this section is Girl and Peaches by leading Chinese realist painter Wang Yidong (born in 1955) (estimate: HK$3.1 million to HK$3.8 million). This is the first time this masterpiece has been offered at the auction.

Wang seeks to capture the life and customs of the Yi-meng mountain region in his native Shandong province, achieving purity and timelessness through his portrayal of simple yet venerable subjects. Girl and Peaches demonstrates his mastery of composition, portrayal of light and superb painting technique.

Also at auction for the first time is an important sculpture from Zhu Ming's (born in 1938) Tai chi Series (estimate: HK$1.3 million to HK$1.6 million). Zhu is renowned as Asia's greatest living sculptor, having forged a signature style that is recognised in the art world.

He is best known for his iconic Tai chi figures in both wood and bronze.

Another highlight is Mask Series No. 21 3-1 by Zeng Fanzhi (born in 1964), one of the most expressive painters in contemporary Chinese avant-garde art (estimate: HK$1.1 million to HK$1.3 million). In 1993, Zeng moved from his native Wuhan to Beijing and embarked on his famous Mask series that expressed both his personal feelings of isolation in a new big city, and the alienation of the individual in Chinese society.

New House in Mountain Lao by the master Wu Guanzhong (born in 1919) (estimate: HK$3.5 to 5 million) is sure to attract attention at the sale. Also featured are works by young emerging artists, including Funny Face by Gao Yu (estimate: HK$150,000 to HK$180,000) and A Smooth Run by Chen Ke (estimate: HK$300,000 to HK$400,000).