Lee U-Fan (1936 - ) "From Point (in Paris) n° 770122"

Glue-bound orange mineral pigment, light orange primer, on canvas.

Signed lower right and dated 1977.

Titled on the reverse, countersigned and located in Paris. Dated and signed in Chinese characters by the artist.

Height. 64 cm, Width. 108 cm.

Expert: Mr. Pierre Ansas.

The painting that we present at the auction on Wednesday March 31st has known a particular destiny closely linked to the intimate history of its owner. In 1976 the artist Lee UFAN exhibited a series of works at the Spectrum Gallery in Antwerp. When he dropped out of his exhibition he met another young artist and a great artistic connivance linked the two men.

It is during a second meeting, in 1979, that the two artists decided to exchange two of their works and that the painting "From Point (in Paris) n° 770122" was shown in the gallery.

enters Mr. X's personal collection.

At the beginning of the 1980's, the latter put his artistic career on hold and put the canvas back with an important set of his own creations in his residence near Cognac.

Lee UFAN's painting was kept there, in secret, for 40 years.

It will never be resold, never exhibited, never shown.

Subsequently, Mr X. entrusted his entire personal collection to his son who rediscovered the painting in 2020 and decided to entrust its sale to the Auction House Emmanuel Layan & Associates.

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