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Make reproductions of paintings by Zao Wou-Ki is not an easy task, contrary to what one might think. Indeed, a bit like the Pollocks, in another style, the paint jets were applied one after the other, on multiple backgrounds, before giving a satisfactory result for the master.
Making a reproduction is another matter of course: there is no room for improvisation and the details are plentiful.
The first thing is to clearly define the background colors and their limits, and realize them first. It can be a (more or less) solid color, or several complementary colors, to which brushes can be added. It is important to understand the meaning of the background color for the entire painting, because the additional layers will alter it, such as a glaze, for example; and it will be difficult to rework it - if you notice too late that it is too light or too dark, and does not react well with the colors of the upper layers, you have to start the canvas again.
After that is done, we paint the secondary layers, which are going to be between the details of the top layer and the bottom - roughly, of course, it all depends on the painting.
In general, they look like a cloud layer that will host the details of the reproduction, a medium that makes sense in the direction that Zao Wou-Ki's work is taking.
Rough brushstrokes, they were born from the artistic spontaneity of Zao Wou-Ki; our task is to reproduce them as faithfully as possible.
The details are usually what takes the most time. By understanding the meaning of the canvas, it is then a question of reproducing each small stroke of the brush exactly as the master affixed it. What for him was certainly an easy thing in his way of painting requires a lot of precision in the colors to reproduce them exactly: there can be hundreds of them on a single canvas.
It goes without saying that, on the strength of these explanations, I advise you to order your Zao Wou-Ki in luxury quality, for an exceptional result.
Zao Wou-Ki said: “People define themselves by a tradition. As far as I'm concerned, two traditions define me".
Indeed, Zao Wou-Ki, as a Franco-Chinese artist, in a way synthesized the inspiration of his two cultures. Very influenced by the Abstract Expressionists he admired Jackson Pollock and Franz kline.
Of Beijing origin, he studied traditional Chinese art at the Hangzhou Fine Arts School for six years and in parallel the work of Picasso - like everyone at the time - Paul Cézanne, Matisse and particularly Paul Klee.
He moved to Paris at the age of 28 and befriended Alberto Giacometti.
His work is vast. It includes the realistic paintings of his first paintings which are mainly portraits, some still lifes and landscapes (1935-1949), as well as oils on canvas of large formats inspired by Paul Klee which tend towards abstraction from the years 1950, then lyrical abstraction in the 1960s, Indian inks, calligraphy.
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