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  • Provenance

    ChinaToday Gallery, Brussels
    Acquired from the above 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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Ж172

Portrait of Ma Xiangsheng

signed and dated 'H.G 804' lower left
oil on cardboard
53.3 x 38 cm. (20 7/8 x 14 7/8 in.)
Painted in 1982, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist and issued by ChinaToday Gallery.

Estimate
HK$500,000 - 800,000 
€57,000-91,200
$64,100-103,000

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

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2021