Sanyu Gladioli And Cat Rare Print
About Sanyu ~ The Artist
Sanyu was a Chinese-French artist that created prints, drawings, and paintings. His work is an amalgamation of European still-life style and figurative painting and the traditional Chinese calligraphy. Considered a master of form and color, he was sometimes referred to as “the Chinese Matisse.” Born Chang Yu 常玉 in 1901, Nanchong, China, and gain in depth foundation in calligraphy and painting from a young age. In 1921, he travelled to Paris to study at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. It was in Paris that he was greatly inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
In 1948, Sanyu travelled to New York where he became a close friend of the photographer Robert Frank. It was Robert Frank who later established the Sanyu Scholarship Fund in Yale University in his honour. In March 2017, for the first time, Sanyu’s largest collection of works were finally exhibited at the National Museum of History in Taiwan from 11 March to 2 July, 2017. The exhibition “Parisian Nostalgia” or in Chinese “常玉相思巴黎展” was a huge success. Sanyu died in his studio of gas poisoning on August 12, 1966 in Paris, France.