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Chu Teh-Chun (CHINESE/FRENCH, 1920)

Composition, 1964

Ink on paper


32.5 x 25 cm

Saison Bleue (Blue Season)

A book of six lithographs and one calligraphy of poems
Signed and numbered
Various sizes

Chu Teh-Chun moved to France in 1955 and became the first Chinese to be elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Steeped in classical Chinese poetry and calligraphy, he endows his abstract brushwork and lines with a subtle but unmistakable Eastern poetic flavour. He is especially appreciated for his magnanimous and musical expressionism and for his deeply-felt celebrations of life and nature. Wu Guanzhong once commented on the rhythmic variation of Chu Teh-Chun's lines that "the thick strings issue torrential downpours; the fine strings issue private whispers." The famous French critic Jean-Clarence Lambert praises Chu's imaginative works as "transcendental landscapes," superior to nature itself.

Maurice Panier, Director of Galerie Lengendre, Paris once commented that "Chu Teh-Chun does not express space in his paintings in the traditional manner; we can say he employs multiple spaces. In the midst of his curving, bending brushstrokes he interjects elements that produce forms, elements which are typically applied in thick pigments for the effect of small blocks of colour...his inspiration usually derives from landscapes, or some lines in a poem."


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