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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Collection of Lalan Estate
    Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Hong Kong, Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Singing in Colours and Dancing in Ink - Retrospective Exhibition of Lalan (Works of 1958-1994), 25 November 2016 - 23 January 2017

  • Catalogue Essay

    As a female pioneer of Chinese abstract art, Lalan (Xie Jinglan) joins the ranks of other prolific Chinese artists working in Paris during the second half of the twentieth century. Alongside the practice of her first husband Zao Wou-Ki, of whom she moved from China to the French capital with in 1948. Lalan’s practice did not conform to boundaries set by traditional Chinese ink paintings, nor the styles developed by their Western counterparts. Instead, Lalan’s controlled, fluid work stands between both cultures - combining influences drawn from China’s ancient heritage and the buzzing artistic scene in Paris at that time.

    The present work exemplifies Lalan’s uniquely refined aesthetic sense. Gestural calligraphic strokes dance across the blue-toned work, drawing the viewer’s eyes around in a rhythmic yet delicate manner. Infusing her profound understanding of music and dance with her painterly technique, Lalan immerses her viewer into a dynamic domain. Painted during the final stage of an artistic cycle that followed her from abstract, to representational, before reverting back to abstract – the present work demonstrates Lalan’s matured compositional mastery.

    Before the artist’s death in 1995, Lalan’s practice was widely celebrated in France throughout the various stages of her career. She has since found international acclaim, praised for being bold, avant-garde and going against the trends of her time to create only what she truly believed in.

  • Catalogue Essay

    謝景蘭是中國抽象藝術界之女性藝術家先鋒,她在二十世紀後半葉加入當時在巴黎創作的中國前衛藝術家們,在她第一任丈夫趙無極身旁一同創作,她於1948年隨丈夫從中國移居法國首都巴黎。謝景蘭與同輩藝術家一般,沒有被傳統中國水墨藝術的規限所捆綁,也不輕易受西方藝術家的風格所左右。謝景蘭流暢而控制精準的作品介於兩個文化之間,結合了中國古代文化和當其時巴黎的藝術趨勢。

    本幅作品完好地彰顯了謝景蘭獨有的優雅精緻美學。富有動態的書法筆觸在以藍色為底的紙上翩翩起舞,觀者的目光不由落在其既有韻律又細膩的抽象世界。謝景蘭在創作中融合了她對音樂和舞蹈的深刻領會,引觀者進入一個富有活力的另類世界。此作繪於謝景蘭藝術循環的最終關鍵時刻,她從抽象到具象,又回歸抽象,此次作品彰顯了其成熟完善的構圖技藝。

    謝景蘭於1995年去世,生前其不同時期的創作在法國廣受讚譽,更在國際上獲得激賞,以其大膽鮮明的前衛藝術而著稱,不隨波逐流,真誠的創造自己內心所感。

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Property from a Distinguished Hong Kong Collection

Lalan

Untitled

1987
mixed media on paper
42.5 x 150 cm. (16 3/4 x 59 in.)
Executed in 1987, this work is to be included in the artist’s forthcoming monograph published by Kwai Fung Art Publishing House in 2020.

Estimate
HK$350,000 - 550,000 
€40,500-63,600
$44,900-70,500

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Danielle So
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019