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Yu Fan (Chinese, b.1966)
LOT ID: 75797
White Horse and Sailor, 2010

Bronze, painted bronze
31.5 х 31.5 х 11 in. (80.01 x 80.01 x 27.94 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, on the sculpture by the artist.
Print/Casting Year 2010
Edition 16/20
Lot description
“White Horse and Sailor” (2010) is arguably the most famous and sought after of the painted bronze sculptures in the round by famed Chinese artist Yu Fan (China, b. 1966). This work is one of Yu fan's most important and rare as it combines his two iconic series: his horse sculptures and his lone, figurative sculptures, and the market has proven that Yu's works that combine the human and animal figures in a single work are highly-sought after (please see "Auction Comparables"). Here, a surreal narrative unfolds of a uniformed sailor riding a silver-maned white horse without saddle or bridle, his hands holding up invisible reins. His jaunty hat and nautical striped top adds "joie de vivre" and dynamism to the otherwise tranquil work. Yu Fan's sculptures that combine figures and animals are This work is Yu at his best, evoking in this work a nostalgia and a longing for innocence lost, imbued with a sense of fantasy and tranquility. Yu seeks to re-kindle memories of childhood fables and characters in his sculptures and does so here with great success. This work measures 31.50 x 31.50 x 11 inches (80 x 80 x 28 cm), is edition 16 of 20 and is in excellent condition.

Yu Fan graduated from the Fine Art Department of Shandong Art Institute Jinan, Chandong, China in 1988, and received his masters from the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, where he now teaches. The artist's work has been the subject of major museum and gallery exhibitions at Singapore Art Museum, Israel National Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Smart Museum in Chicago, the Second Beijing International Art Biennale held at the National Museum of Art, China. The artist is represented by top galleries world-wide including Yang Galleries and Arario Galleries amongst others.
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