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

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Lot 15
Chu Teh-Chun
(Chinese/French, 1920-2014)
朱德群
Untitled

Sold for HK$ 2,250,625 (US$ 286,712) inc. premium
Chu Teh-Chun (Chinese/French, 1920-2014), 朱德群
Untitled
1988

signed and dated 88; signed and dated 1988 on the reverse
oil on canvas

115 x 89 cm (45 1/4 x 35 1/16 in)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Galerie Sylvie Lanel, Honfleur
    Acquired directly from the above by present owner circa 1990

    朱德群
    無題
    油彩畫布
    1988年作

    簽名: 朱德群 Chu Teh-Chun. 88
    背面簽名: Chu Teh-Chun 朱德群 1988

    來源
    法國翁夫勒Sylvie Lanel畫廊
    現藏家約在1990年購自上述畫廊

    Chu Teh-Chun, a key figure of post-war European Lyrical Abstraction in the 1950s, was a talented calligrapher since childhood. Chu's artistic project was deeply influenced by the versatility and energy of the calligraphic brush and the fluidity of the ink medium. In the 1970s, the use of light grew more firmly established in Chu's painting techniques. Appearing as an apparition of light and shadow, the spatial polarity between emptiness and substance and the exploration of the mysteries of nature came to form the central concerns of Chu Teh-Chun's practice.

    Appearing on the market for the first time, Untitled from 1988 synthesises a sense of light scattering throughout an atmospheric space; a rhythmic structure that perfectly presents his abstract style. The golden orange colour field in the center of the painting blossoms with a warm luminescence, contrasting the negative space that foregrounds the more exuberant painterly marks of the canvas. The lines that wrap around in all directions quiver in harmony, producing a sensitive yet free atmosphere. The rapidly maturing brushstrokes on the outer edges are dazzling rays of expressive light.

    "Chu Teh-Chun's expression of space is not traditional; we could say he employs multiple spaces. His choices and applications of colours are acute and meticulous. He distributed small squares that reflect, transform and illuminate the canvas. Light transmits from the illuminator that forms the space and structure of the image." (Maurice Panier quoted in Edition des oeuvres des académiciens de l'Académie des Beaux- Arts de l'Institut de France, Page 22)

    Chu was already quite meticulous by this stage in his career, and conveyed Eastern philosophical ideas of stability and harmony in his creations. Seamlessly balancing techniques of Chinese calligraphy and influences of Western abstraction, the present work radiates a pulsing vitality that channels the motions and cycles of the natural world. Fusing the methods and principles of Chinese calligraphic brushwork with Western techniques that employ light and shadow as compositional devices, the serenity and composure of the present work produces a meditative space of pure colour. Exhibiting a tranquil elegance, Untitled is an exceptional painting whose melodic tones balance the painterly surface with the spiritualism at the heart of calligraphic practice.

    50年代歐洲戰後抒情抽象運動代表人物之一的朱德群,自幼擅長書法,墨意的流動感和筆觸的力度深耕於朱氏的藝術修行。在70年代以後,光的使用更確立在朱德群的繪畫技巧裡,如夢似幻的光影、虛實兩極的空間及探究自然的奧妙是朱德群創作的經典組合。

    於1988年作的《無題》,首次在市場釋出,畫面上光感灑落無形空間,具有音律感的結構完美呈現抽象風景。畫面中心的金橘色塊綻放內斂深邃的能量,留白的方式營造光感對比。環繞四周的線條和諧地躍動,帶出感性卻又灑脫的非凡氣韻。外圍快捷成熟的筆法,一道道抒情感性的光線體現琳瑯滿目的視覺畫面。

    「朱德群的空間不屬於古典的透視。他的空間可以說是一種多維空間。顏色的巧妙選擇以及小方塊在畫面上的設置,生發一處處使光線的一通過的微妙的調整。畫面及時空間又是結構.....」莫里斯·巴尼耶(Maurice Panier)《朱德群 - 法蘭西學院學術院 院士作品集》節錄第22頁

    朱德群在此階段已胸有成竹,在創作上更表現出東方哲學的氣度,並融合東方書法和西方抽象藝術之間的和諧感。此副作品寫照自然旺盛的生命力及生生不息的希望,心境平和的朱氏在作品上映照出疏朗之氣,融合中國書法筆勢的精髓和西方探究光影的技法,將無形的空間譜曲出和諧的音律,宛如生命的讚美曲洗滌我們的心靈。
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