(Excerpt from 'Christie’s Hong Kong Presents Masterpieces of Chinese 20th Century Art in November' posted on All Art News, Nov 2010. Found on http://www.allartnews.com/christies-hong-kong-presents-masterpieces-of-chinese-20th-century-art-in-november/)
Works by renowned and most widely collected Chinese artists to be auctioned off this November.
Christie’s announced the Evening and Day Sales of Chinese 20th Century Art will be held on 27-28 November at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Together with the Asian contemporary art sales, over 450 highly sought-after pieces will be offered with a combined pre-sale estimate of HK$300 million (US$38 million). The market for Chinese 20th century is among the most robust. With strong prices and record results seen in Christie’s recent sales and a growing global appeal, the category stands as one of the driving forces behind the strong rebound of the auction market in Asia.
A Time of Transition
Cultural communication between the East and the West had begun as early as the 17th century. By the 19th century, Western oil painting had been formally introduced into China. Chinese artists, poets and intellectuals faced the revelation of China’s cultural and political isolation, and quickly adopted a progressive attitude towards the arts. Christie’s presents some of the greatest Chinese 20th Century masters who established a whole new chapter in Chinese art history. These artists work with Western oil-based media and modern techniques to create artworks infused with the aesthetics and ethos of traditional Chinese culture and techniques.
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(Image: Chen Cheng-Po (1895-1947), Villa by Lake Tai, signed and dated in Chinese (lower right); inscribed and dated ’50F 1929′; signed and titled in Chinese (side of canvas); signed and titled in Chinese (on the reverse) oil on canvas; Photo Courtesy: Christie’s Images Ltd 2010)