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Impressionist and Modern Art to be showcased at

Fine Art Asia 2017
30 September - 3 October 2017, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Fine Art Asia 2017 offers a unique opportunity to view and acquire masterpieces of Impressionist and modern art, including works by artists of the Barbizon School and Monet, Pissarro, Sisley and Picasso. Fine Art Asia has led the way in recognising the growing interest among Asian collectors in Western as well as Chinese art, and this is reflected in the outstanding works of art on display.

Gladwell & Patterson, London, which has exhibited at Fine Art Asia for many years, will once again display an impressive selection of Impressionist and modern paintings, including works by Monet, Sisley, Renoir and Picasso. Highlights are two canvases by the master of Impressionism Claude Monet (1840-1926)


Claude Monet (1840 – 1926)
Près de Monte Carlo
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated ‘Claude Monet 83’ (lower left)
H. 65.5 x W. 82 cm
Gladwell & Patterson, London

Près de Monte Carlo (Near Monte Carlo)
is one of the first works painted by Monet in the South of France and is one of his most vibrant and brilliantly hued compositions of the 1880s. The interplay between dazzling reflections and shimmering sunlight is triumphantly achieved, displaying Monet’s supreme abilities as a painter of light.

In 1883 Monet and Renoir travelled together from Paris to the Mediterranean and were both equally entranced by the landscape and the light.In Près de Monte Carlo,Monet captures the turquoise sea from behind the trees in the foreground in a flurry of green, blue and yellow brushstrokes. The reflection of the rocks creates a further explosion of reds, yellows and pinks which are echoed in the pastel tones of the distant horizon. The tremendous freedom of colours and brushstrokes reveals Monet’s technical virtuosity in painting enplein air.

Le Bassin aux Nymphéas (Waterlily Pond) is an iconic work of art painted near the end of Monet’s life in 1919. Over the previous 20 years, Monet’s famous waterlily pond at Giverny had become almost the exclusive subject of his art, in an extraordinary outpouring of creativity that stands as the culminating achievement of his long and visionary career. In 1883, the artist and his family settled at Giverny, 40 miles northwest of Paris. A passionate gardener all his life, Monet’s first priority was to create a flower garden and lily pond, both of which he intended a source of artistic inspiration. The water garden offered him an infinite array of colour, constantly changing reflections, with everything bathed in endlessly shifting light.


Claude Monet (1840 – 1926)
Le Bassin Aux Nympheas
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated ‘Claude Monet 1919’ (lower right)
H. 99.6 x W. 103.7 cm
Gladwell & Patterson, London

Galerie l’Angélus, Barbizon, France specialises in paintings of the 19th century Barbizon School in France. Situated on the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau, the village of Barbizon was the cradle of an artistic movement which opened the way for Impressionism. Attracted by the beautiful natural environment, a community of artists left their studios to paint outside, from nature.

Galerie l’Angélus returns to Fine Art Asia with works from the Barbizon School, the La Haye School which was influenced by Barbizon in the 19th century, as well as Impressionist works by Pierre-EugèneMontézin, Albert Lebourg and Jacques-Emile Blanche.

A highlight of the exhibition is “Portrait of Georges Fournerie” by Jean-François Millet (1814-1875), the founder of the Barbizon School. Millet is famous worldwide for his paintings exalting the aesthetic of peasant life, such as “The Gleaners” (1857) and “The Angelus” (1859) after which the gallery is named. Georges Fournerie was Millet’s witness at his wedding with Pauline Ono. In 1841 Millet stayed with Fournerie as he prepared for his marriage and painted a series of portraits of the family of his future wife. The present work is the only one of these which has remained to this day in a private collection, the others being in museums. Around 1846, Millet abandoned portraits and returned to depicting peasants at work, making this portrait a rare piece.  

Jean-François Millet (1814 – 1875)
Portrait of Georges Fournerie
c. 1841
Oil on canvas
H. 61 x W. 50 cm
Galerie l’Angélus, Barbizon, France


Also featured are works by Pierre-EugèneMontézin (1874-1946), a Post-Impressionist artist who painted in the early 20th century. Born in Paris, his father created designs for lace and was a lover of nature who took his son on expeditions to the countryside, instilling in him a deep communion with the beauty of nature. Beginning as a muralist, Montézin was influenced early on by Impressionism and became popular for his vivid, luminous colour and vigorous brushwork that is reminiscent of Claude Monet’s work. Montézin received many awards for his work, including a gold medal at the Salon in 1932, and was elected President of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1941.


Also featured are works by Pierre-EugèneMontézin (1874-1946), a Post-Impressionist artist who painted in the early 20th century. Born in Paris, his father created designs for lace and was a lover of nature who took his son on expeditions to the countryside, instilling in him a deep communion with the beauty of nature. Beginning as a muralist, Montézin was influenced early on by Impressionism and became popular for his vivid, luminous colour and vigorous brushwork that is reminiscent of Claude Monet’s work. Montézin received many awards for his work, including a gold medal at the Salon in 1932, and was elected President of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1941.

Pierre EugèneMontezin (1874 – 1946)
Le Moulin des Osmeaux
Oil on canvas, signed lower right
H. 54.5 x W. 66 cm
Galerie l’Angélus, Barbizon, France

Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, Shanghai and New York, founded in 1982, has been located for more than 30 years in the heart of the Left Bank, Paris. The gallery is renowned for exhibiting the great sculptors, painters and eminent photographers of the 20th and 21st century, whose work is devoted to animal themes and nature. This year Galerie Dumonteil will participate in Fine Art Asia for the 8th time, presenting two major French artists of the Art Deco period, Camille Roche (1894-1948) and Gaston Suisse(1896-1988), for the first time in Hong Kong.


Born in Paris in 1894, Camille Roche showed an early artistic talent, exhibiting at the Autumn Salon in 1905 at the age of only 11. From 1913, he started to receive his first décor commissions, notably for the apartments of Colette and Coco Chanel. After the First World War, he collaborated with the Manufacture de Sèvres, in particular for the World Expos of 1925 and 1937. In the 1930s, he worked with his brother Serge Roche, one of the greatest decorators of the period, making sumptuous screens with gold and silver backgrounds.  Camille Roche was also famous for his drawings of nudes, landscapes and animals, and took part in major salons and exhibitions.


Camille Roche (1894 – 1948)
Couple of Ostriches and Hinds
c. 1930
Project of screen, mixed technique on paper
H. 22 x W. 30 cm
Galerie Dumonteil, Paris / Shanghai / New York


Gaston Suisse was one of the most influential interior designers of the 1930s. He started drawing as a child and showed a strong interest inanimals and Far Eastern art. He regularly visited the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, fascinated bythe big cats and the exotic residents of the aviaries whose shapes and coloursinspired him. There he befriended Paul Jouve, who took him to the Antwerp zoo andintroduced him to Rembrandt Bugatti. Later Suisse perfected his lacqueringskills including the use of gold leaf and eggshell inlay. His panels, screens, tables, and objets d’art were presented at exhibitions and Parisian salons and were a great success with art collectors of the time. He collaborated with prestigious names including Hermès for whom he created 100 lacquered boxes.

Gaston Suisse (1896 – 1988)
Hummingbirds and orchid striped
c. 1946
Engraved lacquer panel, lacquered chamois base highlight with green lacquer
Decorated with Chinese swallows, hummingbirds, garrulax and pin-tailed whydahs,
orchids giled with gold leaf, signed on the bottom left corner
H. 113 x W. 170.5 cm
Galerie Dumonteil, Paris / Shanghai / New York

Shibunkaku, Kyoto, established in 1937, is dedicated to the promotion of high-quality Japanese art and culture in Japan and overseas. Shibunkaku has always enjoyed a stable collector base for its classical Japanese ink painting and calligraphy, such as the works of the Edo period (1603-1868) Zen masters Hakuin, Ji’un, and Sengai. Recently, thanks to the attention of museums, auction houses and collectors, post-war avant-garde Japanese ink artists such as Inoue Yuichi(1916-1985) are the most sought after by collectors.


At Fine Art Asia 2017, Shibunkaku will bring rare and significant works by Inoue Yuichi, produced in the 1960s and 1970s when he actively took part on the world stage of art. Yuichi was a master of ink who was responsible for advancing the amalgamation of Eastern and Western aesthetics. Founded upon Western notions of “action painting” and Eastern calligraphy, he created an oeuvre filled with calligraphy that was born solely from his own spirit, and breathed new life into a traditional art form.

Even though his art originated from a completely different background from contemporary Euro-American abstractionists such as Franz Klein, Mark Tobey, and Pierre Soulages, at first glance their abstract visual language looks similar. Members of the Japanese Bokujinkai (Ink Human Society) such as Yuichi and the Euro-American abstractionists in fact frequently interacted with each other in the 1950s and 1960s. Yuichi’s ground-breaking methods and ideas are now counted amongst the most advanced and original of his time.

  Inoue Yuichi (1916 – 1985)
Ai (love, affection, benevolence, compassion)
Ink on Japanese paper
H. 88 x W. 112 cm
Shibunkaku, Japan

Pine’s Art, Taipei was established in 2013 with the mission of introducing promising young artists from both Taiwan and Mainland China. The gallery focuses particularly on artworks that express Oriental philosophy and culture. Among those presented at Fine Art Asia 2017, will be exquisite calligraphic works by the renowned Chinese writer and publisher, Tung Chiao(b. 1942). A former Chief Editor of Ming Pao Daily News and President of Hong Kong Apple Daily, he has written cultural reviews and literary essays which have been widely published. Tung Chiao has practised calligraphy since early childhood and has developed his own unique style. Featuring Tang and Song Dynasty poems on fine papers originating from Anhui, his artworks convey a sense of elegant tranquillity and are sometimes annotated with his own personal thoughts, making them even more precious and unique.


Tung Chiao (b. 1942), Chen Rudong (b. 1970)
Five Word Couplet
Ink and colour on paper
H. 100 x W. 16 cm each
Pine’s Art, Taipei / Shanghai

3812 Gallery, Hong Kong will showcase works by the Chinese artist Huang Guanyu (b. 1945). Huang graduated from the Decorative Design Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1969. He was a student of renowned artist Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010), a leading figure in the modernisation of Chinese art. Huang was the member of the Tongdairen Group, which advocated creative independence and self-expression during the oppressive era of the Cultural Revolution.  The group often met at weekends, painting in a garage, referring to catalogues and old magazines to study Western modern art, including the paintings of Matisse and Klimt. They rejected the rigid ideas of the time, instead pursuing the expression of beauty and the self. In 1984, Huang won an Excellence Award in the National Art Exhibition. He was also active in art circles in America and Europe.

After returning to China, Huang never ceased to explore a unique artistic language in his oil paintings. While he draws on Western techniques, like Wu Guanzhong he continuously seeks a language of oil painting that is very Chinese. His recent quasi-abstract works, which mainly feature silhouettes of lotus and trees rendered in all-over compositions, are testimony to his innovative spirit. Huang’s works are collected by the National Art Museum of China, Today Art Museum in Beijing, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.



Huang Guanyu (b. 1945)
Green Thread
Oil and mixed media on canvas
H. 276 x W. 200 cm
3812 Gallery, Hong Kong




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Art & Antique International Fair Ltd (AAIF) was founded in 2005 by well-known antique Chinese furniture dealer Andy Hei to provide a vibrant new platform in the Hong Kong for the art world in Asia and worldwide. The company is the pioneer of art fairs in Hong Kong: its inaugural fair in 2006 was the first international art fair in Hong Kong in more than a decade.

In 2010, Fine Art Asia was recognised as Hong Kong’s first globally acclaimed non-corporate art enterprise brand, featuring internationally renowned fine art and jewellery exhibitors as well as attracting the world’s foremost collectors.

In 2011, Asian contemporary art collector and promoter Calvin Hui joined Fine Art Asia as Co-Chairman and Director, sharing his knowledge of the Asian art market and his public relations network to enhance and continue the expansion of the fair.

Art and Antique International Fair Ltd has successfully held 13 fairs in Hong Kong to date.




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