CHU TEH-CHUN (1920-2014)

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CHU TEH-CHUN (1920-2014)

Composition n°62, 1960
Oil on canvas, signed lower right, numbered,
countersigned and dated on reverse
65 x 100 cm
25 ½ x 39 3/8 in.
A certificate from the Chu Teh-Chun Foundation
as of January 31, 2020,
as well as a copy of the certificate drawn up
by the artist dated November 3, 2006,
will be given to the purchaser.
PROVENANCE
Acquired from the painter in
in the 1960s and transmitted since then.
Private collection, France
Composition no. 62 of 1960, is central to one of the most important times in the life and career of Chu Teh-Chun. In this transition period, the painting is a real bridge between the artist’s early style and his move towards abstraction.
While the browns typical of his early years are still present, especially in the background, new shades are already emerging. His lively, varied palette includes red, white and even deep black. In terms of drawing, he uses the curves and subtleties of calligraphy, imbuing them with the essence of French abstraction. This is a style we find again a little later in his Composition no. 112 of 1962.
Composition No. 62 reflects the calmness and refinement of the artist’s beloved calligraphy while expressing the spirit of lyrical abstraction he was then so wholeheartedly exploring

Chu Teh-chun 朱德群
Chu Teh-Chun (1920-2014) was born in Jiangsu province, not far from the banks of the Yangtze River. He came from an erudite family, and learned the art of great traditional Chinese calligraphy. In 1935, he entered the Hangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, a school directed by the artist Lin Fengmian, recently returned from his own studies at the Fine Arts schools in Paris and Dijon. Chu Teh-Chun’s work was highly successful in Taiwan, and he decided to go to France in 1955.
The Nicolas de Staël retrospective staged shortly afterwards in 1956 at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris was a dazzling revelation f
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