Lot n° 22
60000 - 80000
Result without fees
: 74 000EUR
CHU TEH-CHUN (1920-2014)
Blue composition, 1970.
Oil on paper mounted on canvas, signed lower right.
50 x 65 cm.
A certificate from Mrs Ching-Chao CHU dated 19/04/2022 will be given to the future buyer.
A great figure of abstract landscape painting, Chu Teh-Chun (1920-2014) has never ceased to link Chinese and Western sensibilities. Composition bleue translates the painter's dual culture with poetry and vitality and marks his affirmation - lasting - on the international art scene.
A peak of creativity
In 1969, Chu Teh Chun's works were the subject of an important retrospective at the Sao Paulo Biennale in Brazil. The exhibition marked the beginning of a true international recognition and coincided with the full expression of his singular style, marked both by traditional Chinese art, from Fan Kuan's paintings to calligraphy, and by European abstract art - in particular Nicolas de Staël, whose works he discovered in Paris in 1956. The beginning of the 1970s was a period of great success for Chu Teh Chun, where the purity of gesture, the care of composition and the exploration of colors reached their fullness, and Blue Composition is the manifestation of this.
"Listening to the universe through nature
But, beyond the artistic and personal context in which our painting is set, it is the poetry that strikes first. Indeed, the rigor of tradition and the irresistible breath of freedom that makes join, in one movement, intimacy and cosmos, observation of nature and knowledge of the history of art. On a midnight blue background from which emerge jade green scrolls are arranged brushed white flats and sparing red spots that give rhythm to this metaphysical landscape. As Chu Teh Chun himself stated during his induction speech at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1999, "in nature I hear the voice of the universe, the voice of humanity, and the voices of the East and the West."
A rare painting by one of the greatest painters of lyrical abstraction, committed in its "golden age," Blue Composition is unquestionably a masterpiece by Chu Teh Chun.
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