Viewing Room I Chu Teh-Chun & Georges Mathieu. Opera Gallery






Opera Gallery is delighted to present Chu Teh-Chun in Hong Kong
and Georges Mathieu in Singapore.

Explore the symphonic dialogue between both artists through our online viewing rooms.



Chu Teh-Chun (1920 – 2014) is widely considered one of the most significant Chinese artists. He started his career in Hangzhou, China in the 1930s and eventually moved to Paris in 1955. Throughout the 20th century, his abstract paintings were exhibited all over the world, charming critics and art lovers with his ingenious blend of Chinese and French cultural elements and symbols.

Gracefully pushing back the limits of the real and the unreal, his paintings, which are vibrant and full of movement, have a profound sense of depth, poetry and musicality. Although his work demonstrates the stylistic freedom of mid-century movements such as art informel and abstract expressionism, Chu always retained the rigorous technical brushwork he learned as a student in mainland China.

“I came to Paris in the spring of 1955 to find the answer to a profound aspiration. I had to discover my own way, through my knowledge and practice of Western painting”

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Georges Mathieu, Nantouillet II, 1986, oil on canvas, 60 x 180 cm I 23.6 x 70.9 in
Georges Mathieu, Nantouillet II, 1986, oil on canvas, 60 x 180 cm I 23.6 x 70.9 in



A pivotal figure in Art Informel, and one of the founders of Lyrical Abstraction, Georges Mathieu (1921–2012) pioneered a form of gestural abstraction that was close to performance. A famed-provocateur, he developed a form of painting where speed and spontaneity are key, creating works using long brushes and applying paint directly from tubes onto the canvas. He brought a new kind of freedom to the creative gesture and gave birth to a brand new style, somewhere between esoteric sign, calligraphy and raw energy.

Mathieu’s lyrical expression and captivating live painting performances left a mark on artists, critics and collectors for generations to come.

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