Chu Teh-Chun, born in 1920 in Baitu Zhen in the Xian of Xiao, China, grew up in a family of doctors and collectors of Japanese calligraphy and painting. At 15 years old, he joined the National School of Fine Arts in Hangzhou. He used his free time to explore the traditional Chinese style and created more than 500 watercolours of the West's lake. However, his school did not suggest traditional Chinese art's classes, thus he had to study western's painting.Read More
During the Sino-Japanese War, Chu The-Chun was appointed professor at Nanjing University. In 1942, he became a full professor.
In 1950, he became professor at the Industrial School, in the architectural department, in Taipei, Taiwan.
In 1951, he became a faculty member in National Taiwan Normal University where he would teach western painting.
In 1955, the painter and his wife, Tung Chi-Chao, embarked on a trip to Europe. They fell in love with Paris and decided to settle there.
As lyrical abstraction's patriarch, especially in abstract landscaping, Chu Teh-Chun notoriety dawned in France at the end of the 1950s.
In 1964, his success kept extending itself with the Carnegie exhibition at the Pittsburg's, Jerusalem's and Athens' Museum of Arts. He also contributed to the Sao Paulo Art Biennial in 1969.
In the middle of the 1970s, he reconnected with Japanese calligraphy, his childhood dedication. In 1983, he was chosen to participate in the board of Hong Kong's university. Thanks to it, he would be able to travel to Beijing where he would be invited to join the Chinese Artists Union. In his honour, the National History Museum of Taiwan organised his first retrospective exhibition.
In 1997, he was elected to be a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, in the painting section.
The French Artistic Action Association (AFAA) at the Beaux-Arts Museum of Beijing, Honk Kong, Kaohsiung and Taipei organised another retrospective from 1997 to 1998.
In 2002, he realised La Symphonie Festive for Shanghai's opera; the artwork was exposed in the opera's hall.
Between 2006 and 2008, he began a new journey with the Sèvres national manufacture where he would discover a new material: ceramics. He would fuse cultures with white Chinese porcelain base, Persian cobalt blue and traditional European gold with the additional of Song Dynasty patterns. He created 56 vases named De neige, d'or et d'azur at the Guimet Museum in September 2009.
Chu Teh-Chun died in March 2014 in Paris, France.
Text courtesy Helene Bailly Gallery.
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