Auction | China Guardian (HK) Auctions Co., Ltd.
2015 Autumn Auctions
20th Century and Contemporary Chinese Art

YUN GEE (1906-1963)
Dreaming Myself

Charcoal on paper

29 x 21 cm.11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in.

Signed in Chinese and English,dated in chinese on lower right; Inscribed in French on upper left.

PROVENANCE Formerly the property of Mr. Redacture in Dijon,France.

Yun Gee 1906-1963

“Dreaming Myself” was created in 1928 when Yun Gee was indulged in the joy of staying in Paris,the center of the art world. When Yun Gee first came to Paris in 1927,he soon was acquainted with the famous gallery manager,Ambroise Vollard via the referral of Prince & Princess Murat thereby bringing his talent into full play. He then held several solo exhibitions in several key galleries and in just 2-3 years,he became quite well-known in the painting societies of Paris.

Although “Dreaming Myself” is a sketch work,it is a sophisticated art piece in terms of the completeness of the image. The artist values this work highly and was inspired to create a painting from the sketch the next year,that is,his early oil painting work “Dreaming Myself.” “Dreaming Myself” is the source of creation for its oil painting version.The style of this art work shows the influence of Otis Oldfield on him during this period. Oldfield has studied in Paris and was profoundly influenced by different schools of modernism. His painting style was more inclined towards Cézanne,Cubism,forming complex image based on the geometrical objects and small triangles. The smooth lines of “Dreaming Myself” build up a structural relation of 2 dimensional spaces,demonstrating classic characteristics of cubism. Nonetheless the image of Yun Gee detaches from the style of his teacher and does not lose any sensible aesthetics occurred under the rational interweaving of cubism. That is a natural reveal of artistic inspiration.

The signature “Yun Gee 1981” which combines Chinese and English at lower right corner of the painting emphasize the Chinese identity of artists living overseas. Reversing the signature “Yun Gee” in Chinese is characteristic of his paintings and signature,which is common in his work.

Price estimate:
HKD:120,000 - 150,000
USD:15,500 - 19,400

Auction Result:
HKD : 118,000



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