Expressing the harmony of the shadows at the border between day and night, Vert Emeraude is one of the earliest examples of his art without figurative elements. Painted in 1950, this oil on canvas was sold for HK $ 70M including premium by Christie's on May 28, 2016.
The poet operates more systematically afterward a shift towards abstraction. He no longer watches boats and trees vanishing within the mist. He sees rain, wind, frost, light, all these elements without a proper form that create the atmosphere and poetry of our planet. His color has become an intercessor between the world and the viewer and his pseudo-calligraphy will soon become unnecessary.
On October 2 in Hong Kong, Sotheby's sells Paysage dans la Lune, oil on canvas 117 x 88 cm painted during the winter 1954- 1955, completed in January, 1955, lot 1017 estimated HK $ 40M.
This French title is misleading, probably unintentionally, with its extra-terrestrial meaning. The theme is the ambience of moonlight in a clear frosty winter night, with a contrast between the dark masses in the foreground that can still be the silhouette of the trees and the bursting light from the rest of the surface accentuated by an upward motion of the pseudo-calligraphy.
SOLD for HK$ 47M including premium