Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff (South African, 1913-2006) 'Chinese Girl'
Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff
Sold for £982,050, London A world recordprice at auction for the artist.

Art Market Review

Issue 7, January - July 2013

Page 38

Chinese Girl is Tretchikoff's best known work. It was reproduced as a hugely popular poster in the 1950s and 1960s and has hung in millions of homes all round the world. Indeed, it remains the highest selling art print in history. Tretchikoff was one of the first artists to realise the commercial potential of mass producing his work and this is reflected in his style which is characterised by strong clean images and bright colours. In 'Chinese Girl' he consciously chose a restricted but vibrant palette giving the painting a vivid intensity and, of course, great appeal. The vibrant colourful image is instantly recognisable and the combination of lustrous golden silk and the blue-sheen of the model's skin combine to produce an otherworldly glow. The result is a luminescence that is typical of Tretchikoff's best works. 'Chinese Girl' was bought by Laurence Graff, British businessman and jeweller and Chairman of Graff Diamonds International, who owns the Delaire Graff Estate near Stellenbosch, where this picture will go on public display with the rest of his art collection. It is wounderful news to know that it is going home.

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