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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the previous owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Red lips on pale, white, pearled faces, this is the aesthetic canon in China: women here often hide from the sun because pallor is a signal of elegance and regality, while a bronzed skin is typical of the rural peasant.This glacial white makes stronger and more incisive the chromatic contrast in Feng Zhengjie's works. Really important and impressive, in fact, is this study of color – it lends a strength to his canvases." (Eleonora Battiston, ‘Under the Skin Beyond the Eyes', Feng Zhengjie, Milan, 2006, p.11)
    The present lot, China Series No. 3 uses variations of the red and green.The complexity of assorted tones grants the viewer a further relationship between past and present, historical and contemporary figures. As a play on the reds and greens of China, Feng Zhengjie renders these colours fluorescent, electric, and almost acid. "Essentially I want to show how social development has influenced the way people look in their outward appearance and how they feel deep in their hearts. Popular culture for instance concerns the value system of the Chinese people today if you look beneath the surface".(Feng Zhengjie, quoted in Li. X., Kitsch as a Face of Chinese Society, Bologna, 2004, p. 19)

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China series no. 3

2006
Oil on canvas.
210 x 300 cm. (82.7 x 118.1 in).
Signed and dated 'Feng Zhengjie 2006 (in Chinese and Pinyin)' lower right.

Estimate
£40,000 - 60,000 ≠ †

Sold for £92,450

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm
London