CHEN QIKUAN (CHEN CHI-KWAN, 1921-2007)
SOLD BY THE YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY FOR THE BENEFIT OF ACQUISITION FUNDS (LOTS 1021-1023)
CHEN QIKUAN (CHEN CHI-KWAN, 1921-2007)

Vermilion

Details
CHEN QIKUAN (CHEN CHI-KWAN, 1921-2007)
Vermilion
Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour, multimedia on paper
23.5 x 120.5 cm. (9 ¼ x 47 ½ in.)
Inscribed and signed by the artist
Dated 1957
Literature
Pan Bo, Contemporary Taiwanese Ink Paintings Series: Chen Qikuan, Artist Publishing Co., Taipei, November 2007, pp. 28-29.
Further details
A New Perspective – the 100th Anniversary of Chen Qikuan’s Birth
Between 1948 and 1960, architect Chen Qikuan made his debut in the North American art circle with several solo exhibitions held in the US. His paintings from this period (Lot no. 1021 and 1022) recount his past and express the nostalgia towards his hometown.
At the invitation of renowned architect I. M. Pei, Chen co-designed the campus of Tunghai University in Taiwan in 1954 and subsequently moved there to become its Director of School of Architecture in 1960. While in Taiwan, Chen used his paintings to explore the relationship between humanity and the universe, a quest aligned with the philosophical pursuit of the literati. Through the objective perspective of his architectural training, Chen transformed his vision by re-shaping and regrouping his subject in a small and often narrow composition. By using the technique of Batik, ink rubbing and ink dripping, Chen departed from the traditional three-point perspective of Chinese paintings and designed his signature style of landscape.
By employing the architectural perception of time, space and perspective, Chen combined his inspiration from Western art to express the literati spirit under brand new and colourful expressions. Christie’s is honoured to present these Chen Qikuan paintings to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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This group of Chen Qikuan paintings were collected by the distinguished collector of Japanese art Mary Griggs Burke (1916-2012) and bequeathed to the Yale University Art Gallery. The proceeds of the sale will benefit its acquisition funds.

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