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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    Zhang Xiaogang

    Chinese • 1958

    Relying on memory and inspired by family portraits from the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Zhang Xiaogang creates surreal, subtle artworks that explore the notion of identity in relation to the Chinese culture of collectivism. Using a muted, greyscale palette, Xiaogang repeatedly depicts a series of unnervingly similar figures, often dressed in identical Mao suits, to create an endless genealogy of imagined forebears and progenitors. Their somber, melancholy gazes are interrupted only by thin red bloodlines intimating familial links as well as occasional pale splotches of color resembling birthmarks.

    Xiaogang investigates how to express individual histories within the strict confines of a formula. His sitters, while appearing muted and compliant, are given physical exaggerations: oversized heads, tiny hands and long noses. These distortions imply stifled emotions and give a complex psychological dimension to the artist's work.

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Ж171

Portrait of a Boy

signed and dated 'Zhang Xiaogang [in Chinese] 2004' lower right
oil and pencil on paper
54.7 x 67.8 cm. (21 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2004.

Estimate
HK$400,000 - 600,000 
€45,600-68,400
$51,300-76,900

Sold for HK$630,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2021