537
537
Chu Teh-Chun (Zhu Dequn)
ROUGE FLOTTANT
Estimate
3,800,0005,800,000
LOT SOLD. 8,180,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
537
Chu Teh-Chun (Zhu Dequn)
ROUGE FLOTTANT
Estimate
3,800,0005,800,000
LOT SOLD. 8,180,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

20th Century Chinese Art

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Hong Kong

Chu Teh-Chun (Zhu Dequn)
B. 1920
ROUGE FLOTTANT
signed in pinyin and Chinese; signed in pinyin and Chinese, titled and dated 1960 on the reverse; Galerie H. Legendre label affixed to the stretcher on the reverse
oil on canvas
61 by 50 cm. 24 by 19 5/8 in.
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This work will be included in the artist's forthcoming catalogue raisonné, being prepared by Atelier Chu Teh-Chun (Information provided by Atelier Chu Teh-Chun and Mrs. Chu Ching-Chao).

Provenance

Galerie H. Legendre, Paris
Private European Collection

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie H. Legendre, Chu Teh-Chun, 1962

Catalogue Note

Rouge flottant is among Chu Teh-Chun's early abstract compositions; the density of oil pigments is a distinguishing feature of that period. The lines on the canvas are powerfully strong, attesting to his physical prowess in wielding the brush. In this work, "light" is relegated to the background: brightly-coloured blocks of red, orange and yellow set off black lines akin to calligraphic strokes in the foreground. At that time in France, lyrical abstraction was all the rage among artistic circles, while Chinese cursive calligraphy was a traditional art form built upon freehand brushwork. Chu demonstrated the diverse manifestations of cursive lines similar in manner to the free spirit found in his calligraphy. As the root of language and drawing in Asian cultures, the calligraphic brush is completely different in nature to charcoal, spatulas and paintbrushes in Western culture. Many abstract artists paid much attention to calligraphic art, creating works imbued with personal style. Chu Teh-Chun grew up in a medical family with strong Confucian values. From a very young age, he studied calligraphy and traditional ink painting, both of which he practices throughout his life. His early works characterized by calligraphic lines and square blocks are commonly referred to as the "precious stones" series. By the 1980s, Chu had matured as an artist; Rouge flottant was a milestone that served as a link between his early and mature year.

20th Century Chinese Art

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Hong Kong