朱德群 CHU TEHCHUN (1920-2014 )

Born in Jiansu, China, Chu Teh-Chun graduated from the Hangzhou School of Fine Arts in 1941 where he was strongly influenced by artist Pan Tienshou and Wu Dayu. From 1944 to 1949, he taught at the Nanjing Central University, he continued to teach from 1951 to 1955 at the Taiwan Normal University. After immigrating to France in 1955, he received a Silver Award at the Paris Salon du Printemps in 1957. He held many solo exhibitions in Europe ever since. In 1987, the National Museum of History in Taiwan organized a retrospective exhibition in his honor. In 1997, he was inducted into the prestigious L’Institute de France, as a member of the Beaux-Arts and ten years later named Officier de l’Ordre national du Merite by the President of France. Since 2001, he held many solo exhibitions in both Paris and Korea. In 2003, he completed a large-scale mural titled “Symphony Festive” commissioned by the Shanghai Grand Theatre. In 2006, he received a Gold Medal of Merit in Luxembourg. In 2008, the National Museum of History held another retrospective exhibition in his honor. In 2014, the artist passed away at the age of ninety-four. In 2016, the Centre Culturel de Chine held “Chu Teh-Chun Exhibition: Works on Paper” displaying works from all stages of the artist’s life. Today, Chu Teh-Chun is recognized as one of the most distinguished Chinese abstract painter of the century.

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