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    RENEE YUNNE-NIKEL (1912-2000)

    Cat

    1963

    Bronze, 1/3
    15 x 22 x 41 cm

    Signed Wang Henei in Chinese

    Estimate TWD 480,000-650,000
    USD 15,700-21,300
    HKD 0-0

    Hammer Price TWD 480,000
    USD 15,774
    HKD 126,984

Provenance:

Illustrated:1. "Prize Winning Art Works of the 7th Chinese National Art Exhibition," Pok Art House, 1989, Page 120 (another edition) 2. "Selected Works of China\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Sports Art III," 1994, Page 12 (another edition) 3. "Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture 50th," 2001, Page 184 (another edition) 4. "Zhang Feng Sculpture Collection," 2000, Page 6 (another edition) 5. "Men Yuan," Issue 4, 1993 (another edition)

Exhibition:1. "Art Works of the 7th Chinese National Art Exhibition," 1989, AWARDS: Art Works of the 7th Chinese National Art Exhibition Copper prize (another edition) 2. "Cross-Strait Sculpture Exchange Exhibition,"

Exposition:

Ranee Yunne Nikel was a French-born female sculptor of Chinese descent who left a lasting mark on the art world. In the 1930s, she studied sculpture at the prestigious Sculpture Department of the Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-arts, where she fell in love with and later married her classmate Wang Lin Zhi, who was also a talented artist. Together, they overcame numerous obstacles and embarked on a journey that spanned decades, including living through China's Resistance War against Japan and the country's subsequent economic boom.

 

Despite the challenges she faced, Nikel remained committed to her craft and dedicated herself to teaching as a professor in the Sculpture department of Central Academy of Fine Art in the 1970s and 1980s. Her sculptures reflect a blend of Western and traditional Chinese sculpture concepts, characterized by simplified lines and personification techniques.

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