A plum tree in full bloom painted in 1973, 90 x 70 cm, was sold for HK $ 67M including premium by Sotheby's on April 4, 2015.
In that phase of restart, the art of Wu now offers a very wide diversity. Yet in 1975 when he observes the blossoming hibiscus in front of his small garden, he reuses a composition similar as for the plum tree. The tree occupies almost the entire surface of the image, but now the house is visible in the background. A magpie perched on the roof edge certainly translates his retrieved freedom.
This simple and beautiful shrub provides to the painter the depth of thought of a philosopher. He loves flowers but did not plant this tree that has grown to be higher than the roof of his house. A few years later, the tree was gone but the art remains.
The Hibiscus by Wu, 120 x 80 cm, was sold for RMB 63M by Poly in Beijing on June 3, 2011. Here is the link to this lot in Artvalue database. It comes back by the same auction house in the same city on June 3, lot 4006. The history of this painting in the new catalog does not refer to the 2011 auction but the descriptions and images are perfectly consistent.