CHU Teh-Chun (1920 - 2014)
“The artist absorbs what he sees in nature and refines it in his mind, and it is the power of the artist's imagination, his sensitivity and his inner character that is revealed on the canvas. This is where the concepts of Chinese painting and abstract painting come together very clearly ”.
CHU Teh-Chun achieves the ideal synthesis between classical Chinese painting and Western abstraction in a very personal style, he gracefully pushes back the limits of the real and the unreal and manages to reconcile with pleasure painting, music and poetry.
In 1997, CHU Teh-Chun was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the first French of Chinese origin to sit under the dome. "He is the only painter of his generation to have gone so far in his research to create a symbiosis of his two cultures" explains François CHENG, poet, essayist and novelist, a great friend of CHU. In the tradition of Chinese painting, CHU Teh-Chun transcribes his thoughts and emotions by depicting the harmony between man and nature. Thanks to his discovery of Western painting, in 1955, he freed himself from figuration, enriched his palette with an immense variety of shades, becoming a master in the art of combining colors and integrating light into his paintings.
A prolific artist, he has produced more than 2,500 oils on canvas, works on paper, washes, calligraphy and ceramics.