Home page

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice

Mask Series 1997 No. 0

Mask Series 1997 No. 0
signed in Chinese, signed and dated ’97 Zeng Fanzhi’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
60 x 50 cm. (23.6 x 19.7 in.)
Painted in 1997
Anon. Sale, Poly International Auction Co., Ltd. Beijing, 28 May 2008, lot 428
Private Collection, Asia
Gladys Chung (ed.), Skira editore S.p.A., Zeng Fanzhi Catalogue Raisonné Volume I 1984-2004, Milano, Italy, 2019 (illustrated, Chinese p. 161 ; English p. 404, plate Z97-01)
Beijing, China, Poly Art Museum, Domestic and Abroad – Exhibition of Chinese Artists in a Hundred Years, April – May 2007.

Brought to you by

Ada Tsui (徐文君)
Ada Tsui (徐文君) Specialist

Lot Essay

“1997 marked a drastic turn in the Mask Series, which shifted from the painterly texture of masks, oversized hands, and crumpled clothes to strength ened flatness, delicacy of glossy surfaces, and accurately delineated figures. Dark brown is replaced by bright, almost primary raw colors. To seek a semblance of flamboyant yet illusory theatrical grandeur, Mask Series 1997 no. 0 for the first time replaces the more usual scarlet with soft pink and smooths the lumpy and sculptural relief texture on the face of the portrayed figure.” – Zeng Fanzhi Catalogue Raisonné

More from 20th and 21st Century Art Afternoon Session

View All
View All