Liao Chi-Chun’s Legendary Work – Scenery In Yehliu (Est. HK$18 – 28 million/US$2.3 – 3.6 million)


– Not Seen In The Market For Over Four Decades

– Makes its Debut Appearance in Immaculate Condition

Hong Kong, August 2012 Sotheby’s Hong Kong 20th Century Chinese Art Autumn Sale 2012 will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 7th October 2012. Following last season’s success, the meticulously curated sale this Autumn will continue to trace the ebb and flow of Chinese art history, as we offer more than 150 lots estimated over HK$140 million / US$17.9 million.

Works from the most exclusive private collections from Europe, America as well as Asia will be on offer, including many that are completely fresh to the market: from Liao Chi-Chun’s most celebrated masterpiece, Scenery in Yehliu, Sanyu’s Potted Chrysanthemums in full blossom, to the wintry scenes of glistening splendor  as seen in Chu Teh-Chun’s Complexité Hivernale. Not to be missed are rarely seen works by the pioneers of Chinese modernism including Zao Wou-Ki, Wu Guanzhong and Wang Huaiqing, which will also be on offer.
Sylvie Chen, Head of Sotheby’s 20th Century Chinese Art Department, said: “Sotheby’s is most honoured to offer an exceptional and classic array of enduring, noble works by modern Chinese masters, in the midst of the flourishing development of the 20th century Chinese art market. Our international team of experts together with the continued support from private collectors have allowed us to assemble the most comprehensive and exciting range of chef-d’oeuvre from the likes of Liao Chi-Chun, Sanyu, Zao Wou-Ki, Wu Guanzhong, Wang Huaiqing and more. The two special highlight sections: Cover Story, centering on the art of Wu Dayu, China’s master of abstract expressionism, and Overseas Legacy, which brings the work of David Wu Ject-key to the fore, will offer great opportunities for our collectors to rediscover and unearth these two formerly hidden gems from a contextual, art historical perspective.”
Liao Chi-Chun’s Legendary Scenery In Yehliu To Be Unveiled For The First Time Scenery in Yehliu (Est. HK$18 – 28 million / US$2.3 – 3.6 million) is one of the most ground-breaking masterpieces by the ’Colour Magician’ Liao Chi-Chun, created at the height of the prime time of his artistic prowess in the 1960s. At heart a committed student of chromatology, Liao showcased his aptitude with his bold use of multifarious and contrasting hues in depicting Taiwan’s tranquil North Eastern coastline. An interweaving tapestry of vibrant tones is applied and the audience is at once transfixed by the vivid specks brimming with vivacity. The artist’s commanding wield of his paintbrush, complemented by the mellow, clement colour tones, offer altogether an impassioned display of the island terrain of subtropical Taiwan in its year-round reign of sunshine. The use of rosy hues is a classic aesthetic characteristic of the artist’s works in the 1960s, whilst the overwhelming serenity of the painting alludes to the thriving atmosphere of the island at the time, giving the painting an extra veneer of sentimental and symbolic value.
The painting is the epitome of Liao Chi-Chun’s artistic achievement: the largest work by the artist to date preserved in excellent condition in the hands of an important Asian private collector over the past four decades. The painting’s debut in the market is set to stir up interest of our collectors.