Who was the Chinese painter Zao Wou-Ki?

The artist Zao Wou-Ki was a fundamental member of the Lyrical Abstraction movement. His works, which are also associated with the abstract landscape movement, combined his heritage of traditional Chinese painting and the influence of modern abstract oil painting, creating a meditative contemplation of nature and landscapes.

Zao Wou-Ki was born in 1920 in Beijing into a family of wealthy intellectuals that can trace its origins back to the Song dynasty. He drew and painted from a very early age, supported by his family and trained by his grandfather in Chinese characters, which were essential for studying calligraphy. The Chinese painter then entered the Hangzhou School of Fine Arts and later moved to Paris in 1948.

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