The Colby College Museum of Art’s powerful show of the work of Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) was years in the making. Zao’s paintings, drawings and prints straddle his life between China and France, with a notable connection to the United States. He may be best known as a postwar European painter. Artistically, however, he is best understood in the context of postwar American painting.

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"27.02.98," 1998, oil on canvas, 51 by 76 inches. Photo courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art

"27.02.98," 1998, oil on canvas, 51 by 76 inches. Photo courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art