Chu Teh-Chun

Chu Teh-Chun was born in North China in 1920. He studied at Hangzhou’s Academy of Fine Arts where he followed lessons by Lin Fengmian as of 1935. From the age of 20, Chu Teh-Chun became a professor, successively teaching at a number of Chinese institutions. He left for Europe in 1955, and settled in France while travelling through several other countries including Spain, where he saw Goya and du Greco’s expressive works which influenced him deeply. Discovering Nicolas de Staël’s abstract work at a retrospective in 1958, served as a real revelation for Chu Teh-Chun who then decided to depart from figurative painting in the quest of an abstract artistic form based on colors and sensations. This period also coincided with the Chinese’s artist’s first achievements in Paris, when the Galerie du Haut-Pavé held his first exhibition.
Chu Teh-Chun’s painting, which is often associated with lyrical abstraction, hails from a skilful blend between Chinese and western trends. The artist drew inspiration from traditional Chinese landscape work, the classic noble genre of national culture, and personally enriched it through the development of a system of visual and sensorial references on canvas. The titles of his works evoke the definite link of Chu Teh-Chun’s art with nature, derived from “‘imagined analogies,’ which is to say from a certain uncontrolled sentiment that suggests a deep harmony between the contradicting forces ruling the universe,” according to Patrick-Gilles Persin.

The head of the contemporary art department, Charlotte Reynier-Aguttes, has known how to pay tribute to this artist by organizing, since 2009, several exhibitions followed by fierce bidding battles around the paintings of Chu Teh-Chun.

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(Français) La peinture de Chu Tech-Chun, souvent assimilée au courant de l’abstraction lyrique, est issue d’une savante hybridation entre les tendances chinoise et occidentale. L’artiste a su s’inspirer du paysage traditionnel chinois, genre noble et classique par excellence de la culture nationale, et l’investir personnellement en procédant à l’élaboration d’un système de références visuelles et sensorielles sur la toile. Les titres de ses œuvres évoquent le lien indéfectible que l’art de Chu Teh-Chun entretient avec la nature, relevant « de ‘’l’analogie imaginaire’’, c’est-à-dire un certain sentiment incontrôlé qui traduit un accord profond avec les forces contradictoires qui gouvernent l’univers » selon Patrick-Gilles Persin.

Charlotte Reynier-Aguttes, responsable du département  Tableaux Contemporains, a su saisir la puissance de cet artiste et a désiré lui rendre en hommage en organisant de belles expositions suivies de vives batailles d’enchères. Elle a ainsi présenté en vente depuis 2009 plus d’une vingtaine de tableaux de Chu Teh-Chun répondant par cela également à la demande croissante des collectionneurs européens et asiatiques.

A retenir : les belles adjudications obtenues pour l’artiste CHU TEH-CHUN par Aguttes

 

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