Chu Teh-Chun

1924-2014

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Status, estimation and price of the artist Chu Teh-Chun

Painting: 85,500 – 2,000,000 €.

Drawing: 6,500 – 75,000 €.

Print: 1,100 – 7,000 €.

Ceramics: 6,000 – 17,500 €.

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The youth of Chu Teh-Chun

Chu Teh Chun was born in China on 20 October 1924 and died in Paris on 26 March 2014. He came from a family of Chinese collectors. He entered the Hangzhou School of Fine Arts in 1935 where he studied under Lin Fengmian. In addition to his studies, he produced nearly five hundred watercolours on the landscapes of the West Lake in a traditional style. He wished to turn towards traditional painting, but his school provided courses on Western painting. From 1937 to 1951, he had a career as an itinerant teacher travelling through several universities in China and he prolifically created artworks.

Chu Teh-Chun, a Chinese painter in France

In 1955, he decided to travel to Europe. His journey was to be long and gave him the opportunity to discover Egypt, a country he had a passion for. Once in Paris, he painted Parisian landscapes. Here he discovered the Louvre and other institutions. In 1956, he discovered abstract art through a retrospective exhibition of Nicolas de Staël. Chu Teh-Chun quickly met with success both in Paris and internationally.

In 1976, he used calligraphy alongside painting once again. The year 1979 marked a turning point in his career, he reconnected with Lin Fengmian during an exhibition at the Cernuschi museum. He started to talk again with artists who stayed in China, which led him to make a trip to Beijing in 1983, and his fame began to spread in China. Chu The-Chun organised an important exhibition gathering about fifty international artists at the Taiwan museum.

The consecration of Chu Teh-Chun

In December 1997, he was elected to the Academy of Fine Arts in the painting section. A travelling exhibition was organised by the Association Française d’Action Artistique between 1997 and 1998. From 2006 to 2008, he collaborated with the Manufacture de Sèvres in the creation of ceramics inspired by the Song dynasty.

Chu Teh Chun is an abstract artist of the same generation as ZaoWouKi. He can be linked to the movement of lyrical abstraction based on landscape. His travels inspired his creations notably with the use of the colour blue. These works gave rise to an exhibition in Marseille in 2015. Today his works are highly sought after and reach millions of euros at auctions.

Recognising Chu Teh-Chun’s signature

Like many artists, Chu Teh-Chun did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

expertise signature chu teh chun

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