"In "A Casual Essay on Landscape Painting", Guo Xi in 1050 wrote that a painter must first undergo many years of meditation, and must become one with the subject of his painting. He must become a tree, a rushing river, grasses and flowers, clouds and mist, or a flying bird, and only then is he truly an artist. Chu Teh-Chun was an artist who became one with nature, and his paintings are a great tribute to nature."
Chu Teh-Chun’s importance in the art world cannot be overstated. A year after Doux Avenir (Lot 745) was painted, Chu became the first Chinese member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of France in its 200-year history, and the only Chinese artist to hold the distinction in the twentieth century. In Chu Teh-Chun’s Doux Avenir, the artist absorbs a conception of nature, then refines it, and what is revealed on canvas is the power of the artist's imagination, his sensibility, and his inner character. This is where the concepts behind traditional Chinese painting and abstract painting find a common ground. Chu created a series of artworks in the 1990s that explored shadows and light, forms and colours, as he began to shift towards inner explorations, which the artist described as "roaming among my memories."
The dominantly blue color palette of the current also brings to mind Chu’s deep study of the element of water, as the composition evokes the powerful motion and depth of sea through rhythmic brush strokes and an evocative use of warm colors. At once a romantic recreation of Tang Dynasty landscape painting, as well as an expression of the tenants of abstract lyricism, Doux Avenir is a captivating piece that longs for a hopeful future.