The Deer was a lithograph by Zao Wou-ki in 1952 during the "Klee Period" (1948-1953). In 1948, Zao went to Paris, France for further study, which was when Abstract Expressionism was taking over Europe and the United States. At the beginning of his exploration of his personal style, he was deeply influenced by the Western abstract master Paul Klee and gradually formed a minimalistic abstract style of his own, founding the first important milestone of his artistic journey of abstract art. From this work, it can be seen that Zao adopts Klee’s gentle brushstrokes and expressive techniques to depict the traditional literati artistic conception described by the Chinese poets Wang Wei and Mi Fu who he admires, and also outlines the protagonist-"deer" with simple and elegant lines. It creates a sense of space in the two-dimensional medium, reflecting the essence of abstract art he has learned from Klee's works.