La Tentation de l’Occident (The Temptation of the West) by André Malraux

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, France
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Jørgen Ågerup ed., Zao Wou-Ki: The Graphic Work, A Catalogue Raisonné 1937-1995, Copenhagen, 1995, no. 137-146, pp. 85-87

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rendered in varying shades of colours, the present lot is a folio containing 10 lithographs executed by one of the greatest modern Chinese painters, Zao Wou-Ki. Written by André Malraux, La Tentation de l’Occident (The Temptation of the West), was published in 1926 following the trip of the French Minister of Culture to the Far East, composing of an exchange of letters between a Chinese travelling in Europe and a Westerner visiting China. Fittingly, as a Chinese living in Paris, Zao was elected to illustrate the book. In 1964, Zao was granted French citizenship on the request of Andre Malraux himself, and was later honoured by France for his contribution to the arts.

  • Catalogue Essay

    此套含括十幅石版畫的作品集,為華人現代繪畫大師趙無極所作,每幅皆盡顯其筆下姿態萬千的色調。
    1926年安德烈·馬爾羅撰寫並發表《西方的誘惑》,呼應當時法國文化大臣前往遠東之行,書中以一位在歐陸旅行的中國人與一位造訪中國的西方人之間書信往來所呈現。身為異居於巴黎的華人,趙無極恰如其分地獲選為這本書創作插畫。1964年,應安德烈·馬爾羅之邀,趙獲得了法國國籍,後來更因其對藝術的貢獻而榮獲法國的讚譽。

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La Tentation de l’Occident (The Temptation of the West) by André Malraux

1962
a complete set of ten lithographs in colours on Arches paper, with full margins and the full sheets, folded (as issued) with text by André Malraux, all contained in the original linen-covered portfolio with blue printed title
book: 39.6 x 29.8 x 5.1 cm. (15 5/8 x 11 3/4 x 2 in.)
each lithograph: 37.5 x 18 cm. (14 3/4 x 7 1/8 in.)

Executed in 1962, this work is numbered 46 from an edition of 125 in Arabic numerals (as printed on the title page). There was also an edition of 45 in Roman numerals and two signed editions of 20 on Arches and Japan paper), published by Les Bibliophiles Comtois, Paris.

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HK$100,000 - 150,000 
€11,600-17,400
$12,800-19,200

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019