“The Spirit of Revival” by Chu Teh-Chun

“The Spirit of Revival”

CHU Teh-Chun, or ZHU Dequn, was a Chinese-French artist born 100 years ago. He integrated Chinese techniques and Western painting, influenced by abstract art. He was the first ethnic Chinese member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in France.

Inspired by paintings from the Song and Ming dynasties, Chu was also attracted to works by Western artists, like Goya, Nicolas de Staël and Picasso. He started adding a lot of tonal details into his own work, perfectly blending color and light.

In 2003, he donated a big oil painting to the Shanghai Grand Theatre. It is more than 7 meters long and over 4 meters high. This colorful masterpiece of abstract painting is titled “The Spirit of Revival”.

Chu’s paintings are collected by institutions around the world, including Belgium. You can visit the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Liège to appreciate original work of his. Click through the photos below for a preview!