Art in France is no longer the prerogative of the Impressionists nor of Picasso and Matisse. Welcomed by the young artists of his generation, he has a desire of knowledge and gets wondered with the lithography and the Gothic cathedrals.
Learning from his new friends that abstraction must provide a non-figurative impression of nature, he makes his first abstract paintings by mixing various shades of green and adding unintelligible signs that demonstrate his mastery of Chinese calligraphy.
Zao develops in 1951 a new style of paintings that must be easy to transpose in engraving. The figurative view is central, composed of incised patterns of thin lines in a predominantly monochrome or two-colored abstract background. This gradual disappearance of the border between figurative and abstract may have been influenced by Vieira da Silva.
He wants to express in its entirety this Europe that he tours intensively and most of his drawings of monuments are typical of their styles without being localized.
A varied alignment in a golden surrounding, untitled oil on canvas 89 x 116 cm dated 1951, will be sold by Christie's in Hong Kong on November 24, lot 25. Painted in 1951-1952 in the same style, a cathedral side resembling Notre Dame de Paris, 81 x 100 cm, was sold for HK $ 41.5M including premium by Christie's on November 28, 2015.