|Paper Size (W x H)||30 x 36 ins|
Undoubtedly Vladimir Tretchikoff's most iconic work, the Chinese Girl remains the most widely reproduced and recognisable of his oeuvre. The highest-selling art print in history, in the 1950s and '60s the Chinese Girl captured all the attention across the globe.
The painting is of a Chinese girl and is best known for the unusual skin tone used for her face.
The deftly-handled golden hues and decorative detail of her tunic emerge from the lines of charcoal on brown canvas. Notably, the combination of lustrous golden silk and the blue-sheen of the model's skin combine to produce an otherworldly glow. As a result, a luminescence that is the leitmotif of Tretchikoff's best works.
The work is inspired by the sitter, Monika Sing-Lee, 17. She was spotted by Tretchikoff while working in her uncle's launderette in Sea Point, Cape Town. The painting is Tretchikoff's second variation on the theme. The first (using a different model) was destroyed in a robbery at the artist's studio in South Africa.
The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.
About the Artist
Born in Siberia in 1913, Vladimir Tretchikoff was one of the most commercially-successful artists of all time; believed to have earned more during his lifetime than any painter other than Picasso.Find out more