Zhao Wou-Ki's Foret de Bambou to headline Sotheby's sale

Foret de Bambou by Zhao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) is to headline a contemporary art sale at Sotheby's Hong Kong on January 23.

The painting dates to 1954, a year that marked a transitional phase towards pure abstraction in his work. It is valued at $515,960-773,940.

Foret de Bambou Wou-Ki
Zhao Wou-Ki is regarded as one of the most significant Chinese artists of the 20th century

Drawing inspiration from traditional Chinese illustration and abstract art, the work of Paul Klee in particular, Wou-Ki is one of the most internationally successful Chinese painters of all time.

He left Beijing for Paris in 1948, where he exhibited widely, receiving recognition from some of the most important French painters of the era, including Picasso.

His auction record was set at $8.8m at Sotheby's New York in 2011.

Another work by Wou-Ki, 07.08.74 - 24.08.77, carries an identical estimate of $515,960-773,940.

The piece dates to 1974, a time when the artist returned to China following the death of his second wife.

Anselm Kiefer's Domenica Della Palme is valued at $257,980-386,970.

One of a series of works that utilise the motif of the palm tree, symbolic of the Christian resurrection story, the work comprises a leaf placed on a painting executed in red clay.

Kiefer is a German artist, whose work deals with themes from history - including the legacy of Nazi rule.

His record was set at $3.6m at Christie's New York in 2011.

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