(ZHU DEQUN, French/Chinese, B. 1920)
Accent d'orgue
signed in Chinese; signed 'CHU TEH-CHUN' in Pinyin; dated 95' (lower right)
oil on canvas
194.5 x 129.5 cm.(76 5/8 x 51 in.)
Painted in 1995
Ravenel Taipei, 5 June 2005, Lot 26
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Artist Publishing Co., Overseas Chinese Fine Art Series II: Chu Teh-Chun, Taipei, Taiwan, 1999 (illustrated, plate 212, p. 271).
The Ueno Royal Museum & Thin Chang Corporation, Solo Exhibition of Chu Teh-Chun, Taipei, Taiwan, 2007 (illustrated, p. 282).
Tokyo, Japan, The Ueno Royal Museum, Solo Exhibition of Chu Teh-Chun, 23 June-10 July 2007.

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Lot Essay

On a vertical rectangular canvas, Chu The-Chun applies gestural broad brushstrokes with liberally diluted black oil paints in to create lyrical flows and delicate layers in a dark hanging curtain to mimic steep cliffs in Accent d'orgue (Lot 2103) the nocturnal sky, reminiscent of the bleak atmosphere as in Ma Yuan's painting (Fig. 1). Chu divides the canvas into a simple composition through color blocks, varying from dark to light. The reduction of representational details and simplified composition indicates the influence from Nicolas de Stael (Fig. 2).
Chu Teh-Chun appropriates the traditional technique liubai from literati painting with the application of translucent pale green, blue and yellow in the far right distance, symbolizing cloudy or cloudy haziness. The luminous upper right quadrant also gives the viewer a visual hint for the source of lights-a typical style traceable in Western classicism. Washes of ink-black pigments link this upper area with more finely detailed blocks, brushed on with short pressure strokes in the bottom of the canvas. The opposition of horizontal and vertical lines produces an intensely rhythmical compositional effect; in his arrangement of space produces effects akin to the perplexed placement of the rocks of Fan Kuan's Landscape (Fig. 3). In his expedition for abstract inspired by Western art, Chu succeeded to transform the structure and abstract beauty of in Accent d'orgue are rich in allusions to the poetic grandeur of Chinese landscapes, and their soaring peaks and waterfalls.

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