Chu Teh-Chun
Chinese-French, 1920-2014
High auction record
HKD $92m, Christie's, 2016
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Asian and European Postwar Masters: From Soulages to Zao Wou-Ki,
de Sarthe Gallery
INFORMED: Art Informel and the Contemporary Structure,
Opera Gallery
The Art of Chu Teh-Chun,
Tina Keng Gallery

A mid-century émigré to France, Chu Teh-Chun left an important mark on abstract painting and Chinese art with his synthesis of the two traditions. A student of Lin Fengmian, Chu studied traditional Chinese painting but was also exposed to Western art early in his life. After settling in Paris in the 1950s, he abandoned figuration, employing a gestural, abstract style that exhibits elements of Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting. Although his work demonstrates the stylistic freedom of mid-century movements such as art informel and abstract expressionism, Chu always retained the rigorous technical brushwork he learned as a student in mainland China.

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