Untitled abstract

Chuang Che (born 1934) is the son of Zhuang Yan (1899-1980), curator of paintings in the National Palace Museum. The family moved to Taiwan in 1948 and Chuang graduated from the Art Department of the National Taiwan Normal University in 1958. He was a member of the Fifth Moon Group with Liu Kuo-Sung (born 1932). Among the Fifth Moon Group artists who were seeking a new Chinese painting responsive to the challenge of Western modernism, Chuang’s use of Chinese ink in abstract form was particularly powerful and expressive. Chuang later became head of the Department of Art and Architecture at Donghai University.

Michael Sullivan (1916-2013) acquired this painting from Chuang’s exhibition in 2001 at the Han Art Contemporary Gallery, Montreal, Canada. Chuang wrote to Michael that this is one of a group of paintings inspired by his recent visit to Anshun, a remote and backward town in western Guizhou province, where during the Second World War (1939-1945) treasures from the Palace Museum were stored in caves under the care of the museum staff, headed by his father, Zhuang Yan.

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    Painter, son of Zhuang Yan, curator of paintings in the National Palace Museum. In 1948 the family moved to Taiwan and in 1958 he graduated from the Art Department of the National Taiwan Normal University. He was a member of the Fifth Moon Group with Liu Guosong [Liu Kuo-Sung] and became head of the Department of Art and Architecture at Donghai University. In 1973 he emigrated to Ann Arbor, Michigan, later settling in New York.

    Acquired from his exhibition of 2001 in the Han Art Contemporary Gallery, Montreal, Canada.

    Zhuang Zhe wrote to Michael Sullivan that this is one of a group of paintings inspired by his recent visit to Anshun, a remote and backward town in western Guizhou province, where during World War II treasures from the Palace Museum were stored in caves under the care of the museum staff, headed by his father, Zhuang Yan.

    In: Sullivan, Michael, Modern Chinese Art: The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection, revised edn (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2009)

Further reading

Sullivan, Michael, Modern Chinese Art: The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection, revised edn (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2009), no. 173 on p. 170, illus. p.171 fig. II.173

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