China's Chu Teh-Chun leads Bonhams with 15.7% increase



2015-06-26 13:20:09

China's Chu Teh-Chun leads Bonhams with 15.7% increase

Two pieces from Chinese master Chu Teh-Chun totalled $710,000 in contemporary art sale

Paul Fraser Collectibles,Friday 28 June 2013

Bonhams Contemporary Art sale has been highlighted by the sale of two important artworks from China's Chu Teh-Chun.

Chu teh-chun Abstractions Niege III Bonhams The Abstractions neige series was inspired by a snowstorm encountered between Paris and Geneva

Taking place in London on July 27, the sale saw the artist's Absraction neige III sell for 289,250 ($442,275), making a 15.7% increase on its 250,000 high estimate.

Animations lointaines (1989) followed, bringing a 16.8% increase on its 150,000 high estimate at 175,250 ($267,974).

Chu Teh-Chun Animations Lointaines Chu Teh-Chun combined traditional Chinese watercolour techniques with that of modern European oil painting

Chu Teh-Chun (born 1920) was originally trained in Chinese watercolour painting. However, having spent much of his life in Paris, his work now combines the traditional techniques of his own country withEuropean oil painting.

The results is a fusion of typical Song dynasty landscape style with a sense of 20th century abstraction.

Abstraction neige III (1985) is part of a small series of work that Chu created in the mid to late 1980s. The rare works, considered some of his most desirable, are inspired by a snowstorm that the artist encountered while taking a journey from Paris to Geneva.

Bonhams' sale finalises a week of contemporary art auctions in London, with similar sales held by Christie's and Sotheby's. Find the results in our Art & Photography news section.

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