Chang Yu dit(e) SANYU

Né en 1901, dans une famille aisée de la province du Sichuan, Sanyu montre, très jeune déjà, des prédispositions pour la pratique artistique. Grace à sa famille, qui l'encourageait dans sa passion, en 1921, à vingt ans à peine, Sanyu quitta sa province natale pour la France. Il fit partie des jeunes Chinois qui bénéficient d’un programme « le mouvement travail-études », avec les autres peintres tels que Xu Beihong (1895-1953), Lin Fengmian (1900-1991) et Pan Yuliang (1895 - 1977)… Notre jeune peintre choisit de fréquenter l’Académie de la Grande Chaumière plutôt qu’un enseignement trop académique. C'est la raison pour laquelle il s'est mis dans la voie qui le mena vers un futur différent des autres étudiants chinois. La plupart des croquis de Sanyu furent peints à l'académie de la Grande Chaumière, mais ce n'était pas toujours les modèles sur la scène qu'il tirait. Il préférait parfois représenter les gens autour dans la salle. Il dessina également des croquis rapides de clients assis à la table voisine dans un bar ou dans un café, perfectionnant progressivement ses compétences pour dessiner des personnages humains. Il combina la technique de la peinture traditionnelle chinoise avec l'aquarelle occidentale et sa tentative novatrice de faire son travail produire un charme unique. La fluidité de la ligne est très remarquable dans ses dessins ainsi que son caractère ininterrompu, rapide et spontané, grâce à la maîtrise du pinceau, comme vous pouvez le voir dans le notre. ——— Chinese-French artist Sanyu is regarded as the Chinese Matisse, he was one of the earliest Chinese artists to study in Paris. Born in 1895 in a wealthy family of Sichuan China, he died in 1966 in his studio in Paris. He had shown his talent at a very young age. Thanks to his family, who encouraged his predispositions for the artistic practice with passion, in 1921, Sanyu left his homeland for France. He also was one of the Chinese students who benefited from the "work-study" program, along with other painters such as Xu Beihong (1895-1953), Lin Fengmian (1900-1991) and Pan Yuliang (1895-1977). As a young painter, he chose to attend classes at the ’Académie de la Grande Chaumière’. Unlike his Chinese contemporaries, such as Xu Beihong and Lin Fengmian, he was rather inspired by visions of creative expansion, that’s why he took an arduous path that led him to a different future than other Chinese students. Most of Sanyu’s sketches were painted at the ’Grande Chaumière’ Academy, but it was not always based on the models displayed on scene. He sometimes preferred to capture people around in the room. He did quick sketches of customers sitting at the next table in a bar or cafe, gradually honing his skills to draw human figures. His combination of traditional Chinese painting and Western watercolor contributed to add a unique charm to his work. The fluidity of the line is remarkable in his drawings as well as his uninterrupted, flowy and spontaneous touch. The outlines of the lines under Sanyu’s brush, sometimes fast and strong, sometimes soft and light, shows a very rhythmic sense of balance and the work we present in this auction is a very good example of such balance. The focus isn’t only on the structure of the human figure but also outlines the beauty of the body. His style is often compared to artist’s such as Modigliani or even Matisse, with very mastered curved lines allowing quick draws.

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