The 2008 Sothebys Autumn Art Auction in Hong Kong kicked off Sunday with the Modern and Contemporary Art Section being opened by the Modern Art Night Auction. Among them, Zhao Wuji, the No. 4 oil painting trilogy with the largest scale in his life, June to October 1985 (280x1000cm), attracted much attention because of its huge size and overvaluation before the auction.
At about 17:25 a.m., the hammer was eventually dropped at $45 million on commission, and the sale price was $65.2 million, setting a new world auction record for Zhao Wuji and becoming the world auction record for oil paintings in Asia and the highest auction in Hong Kong.
Zhao Wuji (February 13, 1921 -2013 April 9th), Chinese French artist. Born in Beijing, China. He studied and studied painting in Nantong, Jiangsu. In 1935, he went to Hangzhou Art College and studied from Lin Fengmian. He went to France to study in 1948 and settled in France. In painting creation, with the form of western modern painting and the color technique of oil painting, it participates in the connotation of Chinese traditional culture and art, and creates a new painting space with changeable colors, powerful strokes, full of rhythm and light. It is called the representative of western modern lyric abstract school.
June to October 1985 is unusual in size, and its birth opportunity stems from the invitation of international Chinese architect I. M. Pei. Zhao Wuji and Pei were both born in a big family during the Republic of China, and their fathers were both big bankers (Zhao Wujis father Zhao Hansheng worked as managing director of the Shanghai Commercial Reserve Bank, Peis father Pei Zuyi was president of the Central Bank of the Republic of China and one of the founders of the Bank of China). Two International Chinese masters painted in Peyerebu, Paris, in 1952. The gallery has hit it off and has since been launched for more than 60 years.