Learn about SANYU (CHANG YU) (1901-1966), Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art artist,their past and upcoming works offered at auction at Christie's

Born in Sichuan in 1901, Sanyu studied art in Japan in 1919. Participated in the work-study programme, Sanyu headed to Paris and further his studies in 1920. From 1925 onwards, Sanyu regularly exhibited his artworks in Salons d’Automne (1925, 1928) and local galleries. Sanyu’s works were regularly selected in Exhibition at the Salon des Indépendants (1932, 1938, 1942-1946, 1948, 1954-1956). He was enlisted in the renowned publication of Contemporary Art Encyclopedia 1910-1930 in 1932. He returned to China for a short period of time when his brother passed away in 1938. In 1948 Sanyu moved to New York for two years. The artist passed away in 1966. After his death, the National Museum of History in Taipei regularly held exhibitions and seminars on his works. In 2001, a grand retrospective exhibition was held at the Taipei National Museum of History and 142 pieces of his artwork were exhibited under following three categories: still life, nudes and landscapes, representative of the three consummate aesthetic concerns Sanyu had been pursuing throughout his life. In 2004, the Musée Guimet organized Sanyu, l'écriture du corps (Language of the body), an extensive retrospective of Sanyu's works. In 2005, the Bureau d'Art - Nadine Nieszawer (Paris, France) held an exhibition called San Yu: Watercolors and Drawings 1920-1930.

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