Famous for his colorful, childlike figures, here the Japanese artist illustrates another aspect of his explorations with this circular motif.
Takashi Murakami (b. 1962), Enso: The Map of Freedom, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 84.5 x 70 cm/33.3 x 27.6 in.
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We are all familiar with his flowers and charming manga-inspired figurines, which have featured largely for many years in leading international collections, both private and public. But lesser known is the aspect of his work influenced by Zen. In 2015, he began a new "Enso" series, which marked a real turning point. Here he adopts a circular motif typical of Zen philosophy, drawn in a single gesture, symbolizing unity, emptiness and infinity all at once. He creates a bridge between the Asian calligraphy tradition, spirituality and abstract art. This 2016 painting, Enso: The Map of Freedom, estimated at €70,000/110,000, is part of a sale dedicated to contemporary art. This also includes yet another oil on canvas appearing in a keyhole by Mel Ramos (1935-2018), Peek-a-Boo-Pammie (100 x 73 cm/39.4 x 28.7 in), with a price tag of €150,000/200,000, and a large drawing of January 1973, Non possum aliter (125 x 151 cm/49.2 x 59.4 in), revealing the sensitive technique of Pierre Klossowski (1905-2001) at €70,000/90,000. Meanwhile, Victor Vasarely (1906-1997) will bring a kinetic note to the afternoon with a 1983 acrylic on panel, Pereg (78.5 x 75 cm/30.9 x 29.5 in).