Chu Teh-Chun

" Doigts IX"1986

Oil on canvas
22 x 27 cm
Signed, titeled and dated
Certificate fromthe Chu Teh-Chun Foundation


Chu Teh-Chun est un maître de l'abstraction lyrique. Ce mouvement pictural laissant avant tout libre l'inspiration spontanée, « le pinceau souverain » comme il disait. «Mon père n'était pas très bavard, le tableau devait parler pour lui.

"Vers la fin de sa vie, je l'ai aidé à confectionner un chevalet mobile. C'était un coloriste fantastique. Il peignait dans un mouvement ample, maîtrisé. Bien plus lent que Georges Mathieu! Seul le dernier geste, définitif, était rapide et donnait au pinceau la forme d'une virgule.» Yvon Chun, 46 ans, fils cadet de Chu Teh-Chun.

Pour réaliser cette oeuvre l'artiste a peint avec ses doigts: on remarque sur la toile de multiples traces plus ou moins épaisses qui s'entrecroisent.


Private Collection, France

Private Collection, Europe

Sotheby's Auction, Paris

Chu Teh-Chun

Chu Teh-Chun was born in 1920 in Jiangsu Province (China). Younger son of a wealthy family, his father is a collector of traditional Chinese painting. He was admitted in 1935 to the Hangzhou Art Academy. He is interested primarily in the traditional style, then opts, later, for Western painting. In 1937, the Sino-Japanese war caused the exodus of universities to the west of China. Teh-Chun graduated in 1941; he was immediately appointed assistant professor in his own school and then full professor in 1942 at Nanjing University. He travels, discovers Chinese landscapes that are sources of inspiration (descent of Yangzejiang).
After the Second World War, he moved to Taipei. In 1951, he is a professor at the National Normal University, where he teaches Western painting. In 1955, to perfect his culture of art, he moved to Paris after a journey that made him discover other countries and other landscapes still - Egypt in particular. He paints the landscapes of Paris, works at La Grande Chaumière where he meets other painters, travels to Europe. He is fascinated by the retrospective of Nicolas de Staël which makes him really discover the abstract art.
His first personal exhibition will take place in Paris in 1957. He then attended the artists of the School of Paris as Soulages, Hartung or Mathieu. His art met his first successes and spread abroad through collective exhibitions in which he participated (Pittsburg, Jerusalem, Athens, Sao Paulo).
The artist seems to open a new chapter in the art of landscape, a landscape where a subtle poetry mixes. Virtuoso, inspired by calligraphy as well as by the signs and the mood of the East, he creates an important graphic work, draws, realizes ceramics, paints large formats, diptychs, triptychs, monumental works, always inventing a writing personal between poetry and painting. In 1987, the National Museum of Taipei organized a large retrospective exhibition; it is his return, for the first time, to the native country. In 1997, he was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts at the Institut de France. For the "Year of China in France" (2004), no less than four exhibitions are organized to celebrate it.
The artist died on March 25, 2014 in Paris, he was 93 years old.