China at the Summer Auction of Ketterer Kunst in Germany
CHU Teh-Chun
CHU Teh-Chun
Composition No. 7
Gouache, 1962, 75 x 28 cm
Estimate: € 20.000-30.000
Munich, March 24, 2021 (KK) - He is one of the leading Chinese artists. Born in the People's Republic and living in France, Chu Teh-Chun would have turned 100 last year. Now Ketterer Kunst is going to auction two fascinating works by the pioneer of Lyrical Abstraction in its Summer Auction on June 17-19 with an estimate of € 600,000-800,000 in Munich.

"A work by Chu Teh-Chun has already reached the double-digit millions on the international auction market", says auctioneer Robert Ketterer. "I am particularly delighted", the company owner of Ketterer Kunst explains, "about the opportunity to acquaint a wider audience in Germany with his œuvre by offering two gouaches by this important representative of 20th Century Abstraction in our auction."

In his imaginary landscapes Chu Teh-Chun impressively captures realistic perceptions of nature while still remaining true to abstraction. His inimitable pictorial language combines elements of classic Chinese calligraphy with elements of French Post-Impressionism and Western Post-War Abstraction. In this process poetry and painting are inseparably connected.

Chu Teh-Chun was born in the province of Jiangsu in 1920. From an early point on the son of a family of doctors and art collectors gained experience in the traditional art of calligraphy. At the tender age of 15 he was accepted into the Hangzhou Art Academy, a talent factory led by Lin Fengmian. Many of its staff were trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Dijon. In Hangzhou Chu The-Chun met Wu Guangzhong and Zao Wou-Ki. Their professor Fang Ganmin, a famous painter himself, familiarized his young students with Western Art, among others with Cézanne, Matisse and Derain. Through the art of French Post-Impressionism Chu found an own path that would take him from his roots in Chinese Art to Lyrical Abstraction.
CHU Teh-Chun
Composition No. 85
Gouache, 1961, 38 x 56,5 cm
Estimate: € 25.000-35.000
After he had earned his degree he went to Taiwan with his family and accepted a post as professor for architecture at the Taipei National Institute of Technology. In the 1950s he celebrated first successes as an artist and used his newly gained financial freedom for first journeys to France. In 1955 he eventually settled in France, just like his old schoolmate Zao Wou-Ki had done. He became acquainted with the art of Nicolas de Staël at the Musée de l'Art Moderne and was so deeply impressed by the abstraction of the French painter that this encounter would mark a turning point in his artistic career.

Starting with India ink drawings, Chu developed a gestural style that produced inner pictures characterized by a tremendous tenderness and elegance. His graceful compositions evoke associations of primal mountains with water running down their flanks, and of snow clouds towering on the horizon like walls. Nature is omnipresent in his work. He creates imaginary landscapes with broad brushstrokes and energetic calligraphic lines in a unique pictorial language that explores entirely new forms of abstract expression, making him one the most fascinating Chinese artists of 20th Century Abstraction.

Next to Chu Teh-Chun, the Department of Art of the 20th and 21st Century offers works by big names like Lyonel Feininger, Katharina Grosse, Hans Hartung, Alexej von Jawlensky, Asger Jorn, Julian Opie, Hermann Max Pechstein, Gerhard Richter, Oskar Schlemmer, Victor Vasarely and Fritz Winter, while the Department of 19th Century Art showcases gems by notable artists such as Edward Theodore Compton, Johann J. Frey, Karl Hagemeister and Franz von Stuck.

Additionally, the auction comprises select works from the Deutsche Bank Collection and a suite of works by Joseph Beuys.
Preview                       28 May            Galerie Schwind Frankfurt
                                      30-31 May      Ketterer Kunst Düsseldorf
                                      02-03 June     Ketterer Kunst Hamburg
                                      05-10 June     Ketterer Kunst Berlin
                                      12-18 June     Ketterer Kunst Munich

Auction in Munich       June 17  19th Century Art
                                      June 18   Modern Art II / Evening Sale
                                      June 19   Post War / Cont. Art II

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