01.04.66 by Zao Wou-ki (赵无极). 1966. Oil on canvas.
French-Chinese painter Zao Wou-ki was at the forefront of contemporary Chinese art in the 20th century. Born in Beijing in 1920, Zao studied painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou before moving to Paris. There, he developped an abstract style using large-scale canvases, often assembled into diptychs and triptychs, that he titled using the date of completion. Zao’s given name, 无极, which means ‘without limits’, is fitting when one sees the energetic slashes of paint that sweep across his works. Zao passed away in Switzerland in 2013.