Chu Teh-Chun  (Chinese/French, 1920-2014) 

Chu Teh-Chun (Chinese/French, b.1920) is a Chinese artist who established himself in France as an abstract painter. Born in the eastern city of Hangzhou, Chu studied traditional Chinese painting at Hangzhou’s School of Fine Arts. Chu followed the trajectory of many university instructors and students, who moved further west within China due to the 1937 Sino-Japanese War, and became a professor at the University of Nanking. In 1949, he moved to Taipei, where he taught at the National University for a decade and a half, before moving to Paris in 1955. The exposure to European art altered the focus of his career: Chu immersed himself in Western art, painting the Parisian countryside and visiting the Louvre. In 1956 he attended an exhibition of the Abstract works of Nicolas de Stäel, which spurred him to abandon figurative painting for colorful abstractions evocative of landscapes. He gained French recognition for his works during the second half of the 1950s, and his 1964 exhibition at the Carnegie Art Museum in Pittsburgh, shows in Jerusalem and Athens, and his participation in the 1969 Sao Paulo Biennial established his international reputation. In the 1970s, Chu returned to the practice of traditional Chinese calligraphy, which he studied as a youth and incorporated calligraphic elements into his paintings. In 1987, the Taipei Museum of National History held a retrospective of Chu’s work, assembling the entirety of his oeuvre for the first time in the 32 years since he left Taiwan. Chu lives and works in Paris today.

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Chu Teh-Chun, Composition


Chu Teh-Chun

Auction: Apr 27, 2014
Perrin, Royere, Lajeunesse - Versailles Enchères
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Chu Teh-Chun, 充沛 (Enrichissement de L'Esprit)


Chu Teh-Chun
充沛 (Enrichissement de L'Esprit)

Auction: Apr 26, 2014
Christie's (Shanghai) Auction Company Limited
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Chu Teh-Chun, Untitled 195


Chu Teh-Chun
Untitled 195
de Sarthe Gallery
Chu Teh-Chun, Saison Bleue (Blue Season)


Chu Teh-Chun
Saison Bleue (Blue Season)

Bureau d'Art
Chu Teh-Chun, Snowy Huang Shan


Chu Teh-Chun
Snowy Huang Shan

798 MP
Chu Teh-Chun, Lointains Spirituels


Chu Teh-Chun
Lointains Spirituels

Opera Gallery
Chu Teh-Chun, Animations lointaines


Chu Teh-Chun
Animations lointaines

Opera Gallery
Chu Teh-Chun, Tourbillon


Chu Teh-Chun

Opera Gallery
Chu Teh-Chun,


Chu Teh-Chun
de Sarthe Gallery
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Chu Teh-Chun, Composition


Chu Teh-Chun
Composition, 1980
gouache and pencil on paper


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Chu Teh-Chun, Sans titre


Chu Teh-Chun
Sans titre
color lithograph


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Chu Teh-Chun, 构图第33号 (Composition no.33)


Chu Teh-Chun
构图第33号 (Composition no.33), 1959
oil on canvas


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1920   Born in Jiangsu Province, China
1935   Enrolled in the National College of Arts, Hangzhou, China
1941   Graduated from National College of Arts
Appointed Assistant Tutor at the National College of Arts
1949   Left Nanjing, China for Taipei, Taiwan
1950   Appointed professor in the Department of Architecture at the Taipei School of Industry, Taipei, Taiwan
1951   Taught in the Fine Arts Department at the National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
1955   Arrived in Paris
Attended drawing classes at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière
1958   First solo exhibition at the Haut Pavé Gallery in Paris, France
1969   Participated in the Tenth Biennale in Sao Paulo, Brazil
1980   Became a citizen of France
1983   Acted as an external examiner for the Fine Arts Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
1999   Formally inducted into l’Institut de France, Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
2011   "Chu Teh-Chun: Process and Transformation" FEAST Projects, Hong-Kong (solo)
2010   "Da Neve, do Ouro e do Ceu Azul" Macau Art Museum (solo)
"Chu Teh-Chun - of Snow, Gold and Sky Blue" part of the Program of French May Program, organized by French Consulate in Hong Kong and the University Museum and Art Gallery (solo)
"Chu Teh-Chun, Retrospective" The National Art Museum of CHina, Beijing, China (solo)
2009   "The Sound of the Universe" Suzhou Museum of Art, Suzhou, China (solo)
"Chu Teh-Chun" Marlborough Fine Art, London, England (solo)
"Chu Teh-Chun and the Manufacture de Sevres" Musee Guimet, Paris, France (solo)
2008   "Chu Teh-Chun 88 Retrospective" National History Museum of Art, Taipei, Taiwan (solo)
2007   Royal Ueno Museum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
"Chu Teh-Chun: Pintura Reciente" Marlborough Madrid, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2006   "Chu Teh-Chun: Paintings" Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2005   Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China (solo)
2003   Exposition a Chatillon-en-Diois, Paris, France (solo)
"Exposition de peintures sur ceramique" Galerie de la Bouquinerie de l'Institut, Paris, France
Inauguration and Symphony Festival at Shanghai Opera, Shanghai Opera, Shanghai, China
"Listen to the Universe" Jung Yi University, Taichung, Taiwan
"remiere presentation publique de Symphonie Festive au Palais Garnier, Palais Garnier, Paris
2002   Galerie Darga, Bali, Indonesia
Exhibition of Lithographs, Angel Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2001   Museum of Art, Guangdong, China
Second Traveling Exhibition in the Far East, the French Association for Artistic Action, Pusan Metropolitan Museum, Pusan, South Korea
2000   "Chu Teh-Chun, Peintures" Hotel de Ville, Sochaux, France (solo)
"Chu Teh-Chun: Paintings" Shanghai Museum, Shangai, China (solo)
1999   Villa Tamaris, La Seyne-sur-Mer, France
"Chu Teh-Chun: Poetry and Music" Alisan Fine Arts Ltd., Hong Kong (solo)
"Chu Teh Chun: Recent Works" Galeries Milstain, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
1998   Domain Haut-Gleon, Corbieres, France
Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France
Galerie Espace 061, Art Contemporain, Paris
Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris
Heritages Art International Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan
Salons du Palais des COnsuls, Rouen, France
"Ecstatic Depths: Recent Paintings 1986-1996" The Museum of Fine Arts ,Taipei, Taiwan (solo)
"Important Works of Chu Teh-Chun: The 50s in Taichung" New Vision Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan (solo)
1997   Bouquinerie de L'institut, Paris, France
Galerie Alisan Fine Arts Ltd., Hong Kong
First Traveling Exhibition in the Far East, French Association for Artistic Action, Arts Palace, Beijing, CHina
1996   Galerie Moly, Kaoshiung, Taiwan
1995   Galerie Regis Dorval, Le Touquet, France
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada
"Primal Signs" Stratford Gallery, stratford, Canada
1994   Dimensions Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Dimensions Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
Dimensions Art Gallery, Kaosiung, Taiwan
Galerie Municipale, Vitry sur Seine, France
1993   Dimensions Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
Dimensions Art Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Galerie Protee, Toulouse, France
1992   Art Bartschi Compagnie, Galerie du Chateau, Geneva, Switzerland
Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taipei, Taiwan
"Primal Signs" Palais Montcalm, Quebec, Canada
"Work from the 60s" Galerie Arlette Gimaray, Paris, France
1991   Galerie Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France
Musee d'Art Contemporain, Dunkerque, France
1990   Galerie Bellecour, Lyon, France
Galerie Helene Trintignant, Montpellier, France
Galerie Regis Dorval, Le Touquet, France
Pyramide Pernod, Creteil, France
1989   Galerie Arlette Gimaray, Paris, France
Galerie Artlo, Toulouse, France
Galerie Gabrielle, Strasbourg, France
Galerie Sylvie Lanel, Honfleur, France
1988   Galerie Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Galerie Regis Dorval, Le Touquet, France
Galerie Septentrion, Marcq-en Baroeul, France
Musee des Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
Musee d'Art Moderne, Leige, Belgium
1987   Galerie Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Galerie Triform, Taipei, Taiwan
King Ling Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Retrospective, Museum of National History, Taipei, Taiwan (solo)
1986   Centre d'Arts et Loisirs, Privas, France
Galerie Bellecour, Lyon, France
The Hong Kong Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Culture, Hong Kong
1985   Centre Culturel Municipal, Gentilly, France
Galerie Bellint, Paris, France
Galerie Pierre Hubert, Geneva, Switzerland
Galerie Suzanne Pons, Cannes, France
1984   Theatre Municipal, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
1983   Galerie Luxembourg, Luxembourg
1982   Maison de la Culture, Nantes, France
"Retrospective de peintures et dessins de 1955 a 1982" Musee des Beaux Arts Andre Malraux, Le Havre, France
1980   Galerie Arts et Lettres, Saint-Nazaire, France
1979   Galerie France, Bordeaux, France
Galerie Musee de Poche, Paris, France
Galerie Suilerot, Paris, France
1977   Antiope Gallery, Sorrento, Italy
Paul Bruck Gallery, Luxembourg
"Retrospective" Maison de la Culture of Saint-Etienne, France (solo)
1971   Mikeldi Gallery, Bilbao, Spain
1970   Galerie Royal Luxembourg, Nice, France
1969   La Galerie Henri Gregoire, Marseilles, France
La Galerie Le Grall, Paris, France
Tenth Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1968   Latzer Gallery, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland
1967   La Galerie Raber, Lucerne, Switzerland
1965   La Galerie de L'Universite of Paris, Paris, France
1962   Galerie Baier, Mayence, France
Galerie Legendre, Paris, France
Donner a voir,Galerie Crueze, Paris, France
1960   Galerie Legendre, Paris, France
1958   Galerie de Beaune, Paris, France
Galerie du Haut-Pave, Paris, France
Galerie Legendre, Paris, France
  Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Maison de la Culture de la Société des Eaux, Marseille, France
Musée d’Art Contemporain, Dunkerque, France
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris, France
Musée Bertrand, Chateauroux, France
Musée de Pierrefeu, Nice, France
Museum of Contemporary Art, Liège, Belgium
National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland
Shanghai Opera House, Shanghai, China
Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan