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    Sale 2055

    Sporting and Wildlife Art

    3 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 105

    Mao Wen Biao (Chinese, b.1950)

    A day at the races

    Price Realised  


    Mao Wen Biao (Chinese, b.1950)
    A day at the races
    signed and dated 'W. MAO 2000' (lower right)
    oil on canvas, unframed
    30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm.)

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Born in Shanghai in 1950, Mao Wen Biao studied in Beijing before moving to England where he trained at the Royal College of Art. He has exhibited internationally and received several commissions for murals. The Chinese government commissioned a mural measuring 60 feet by 180 feet to commemorate the Battle of Macpolo Bridge (1939). His ability to paint on such a dramatic scale combined with his attention to detail, makes him a true exponent of this monumental genre. Mao conveys a remarkable sense of movement, atmosphere and energy within each of his images.