Wang Zhongjun’s entertainment company is one of the largest in China, and his collection includes works by Chinese artists as well as Picasso, van Gogh, Renoir, and Pissarro, among others from the West. Wang also does a fair bit of painting himself, citing van Gogh as having a particular impact on his own work. In 2015, at Sotheby’s, he paid $29.9 million for Picasso’s Femme au chignon dans un fauteuil (1948), which had been in the collection of film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. After the sale, the New York Times published a statement from Wang, the painter and movie mogul both: “I first fell in love with the painting and then I fell in love with its story. The Goldwyn family is legendary in our industry.”
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