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 November 2014, he bought a van Gogh still life at Sotheby’s for $61.8 million.) In 2014, he told the South China Post that his still-life paintings all have elements of van Gogh’s style. In May 2015, at Sotheby’s, he paid $29.9 million for Picasso’s Femme au chignon dans un fauteuil (1948). The painting had been in the collection of film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. After the sale, the New York Times published a statement from Wang: “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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