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2015 Autumn Auctions
20th Century and Contemporary Chinese Art

T’ANG HAYWEN (1927-1991)
Untitled I

Ink and gouache on arches paper,diptych

75 x 51 cm. x 227 1/2 x 19 5/8 in. x 2

Signed ’T’ang’ in English and ’Haywen’ in Chinese on lower right

PROVENANCE The Estate Sale of December 1992 of Drouot:Maitre Leroux Auctioneer;

Private collection,Asia.

NOTE This work is accompanied by a buyer certificate from Luxembourg gallery.

T’ang Haywen 1927-1991

After T’ang Haywen arrived in Paris in 1948,he was involved in the flood of European non-figurative and abstract expressionism like Chu Teh-Chun and Zao Wou-Ki,who developed a sensitive and universal language through their talents and tradition. Different to Zao Wou-Ki and Chu Teh-Chun,who construct a lyric type of oriental abstract painting,T’ang Haywen built his unique works on the charm of calligraphy,expressing Chinese traditions while creating a new language. Although staying far from China,he managed to sublimate the elegance of calligraphy via a brand-new artistic language.

Free and enthusiastic brushes and style of strong expressionism are the features of his works. As shown in these two artworks by T’ang Haywen in 1980,the poetic ink paintings contain strong implications with perfect expression of inks,whose demonstration of smoothness presents the natural aesthetics,offering both inner and external profound meaning of the work. Both “Untitled I” and “Untitled II” are executed in dual pieces with the former expressing enthusiasm and freedom and the later presenting simplicity and elegance,demonstrating the different artistic looks of T’ang Haywen. “Untitled II” present the lively oriental temperament via sketch-based rendering techniques while the spilling ink points reminds one of the mottled points of traditional landscape painting with transparency and pleasure. In contrast,“Untitled I” extracts the technique of infusing Chinese traditional philosophy with western techniques while infinite circles remind people of the linear graffiti by Cy Twombly,resembling ray of wisdom in craze. Such ray of wisdom is not originated from western modern art but stems from Daosim and Zen philosophy which T’ang Haywen has studied for years. The self-discipline practice and art study of T’ang Haywen supplemented each other and were consolidated into one. His sincerity contributes for him living in freedom most of the time,watching,observing and immersing in different occasions to create the unique and intriguing work. His behaviors are similar to the Daoist practice that eventually accomplishes the purpose through the process of exploring new paths:Painting of Daoism.

Price estimate:
HKD:100,000 - 150,000
USD:12,900 - 19,400

Auction Result:



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