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Chen Qikuan

China (1921 -  2007 )
QIKUAN CHEN Interweaving

Grogan & Co. /Jun 21, 2015
2,967.14 - 4,450.71
24,108.50

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Variants on Artist's name :

Chi-Kwan Chen

 

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Chen Qikuan - Moonlight Sonata

Chen Qikuan - Moonlight Sonata

Original 1921-2007
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Lot number: 501
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Chen Qikuan (Chen Chi-Kwan) MOONLIGHT SONATA 1921-2007 signed in Chinese and marked with one seal of the artist ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll 45 by 46.6 cm; 17¾ by 18¼ in. Provenance Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 29 October, 1992, lot 1032 Catalogue Note Distinctively whimsical and thoughtfully composed, Chen Chi-kwan’’’’’’’’s paintings are some of the most innovative in his generation. Chen’’’’’’’’s formal creative training began in architecture as a colleague of the Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius, a teacher at MIT, and as a collaborator of IM Pei on the design of Tunghai University in Taiwan. His keen eye for design infused the traditional monochromatic brushstrokes of Chinese painting with spirited vigour. Unrestrained by tradition, his paintings provide a refreshing vision of Chinese ink art as early as the 1950s. As described by his contemporary and artist Ho Huaishuo, “His simplicity is derived from his understanding of life and Chinese naturalist philosophy. Chen tries to reflect a certain oriental spirit, with special flavour for the thoughts of Laozi. His paintings explain and interpret Laozi’’’’’’’’s teachings. They are extremely concise and condensed, offering inspiration and charm for the viewers.”1 As seen in Cloud Opening (Lot 553), Chen achieves a sense of movement, space and time in his works that draws upon the philosophical views of Chinese landscape painting but is actually inspired by a vision that came to him during a flight over the Burmese border in 1945. This aerial view and moveable vantage point becomes a hallmark of his artistic career inspired by his keen eye for design and admiration for Western style painting. Throughout his life, Chen’’’’’’’’s paintings were widely exhibited internationally between Asia, North America and Europe. The variety of his subjects ranges from animals, such as monkeys, cats and fish, to dream-like interiors reminiscent of Chinese gardens and majestic mountain vistas. In Nymph, Mood, and Peace (Lots 550, 552, 554) Chen uses architectural elements of doors and furniture to guide his viewers into his carefully layered landscapes. In an interview published in 1996 Chen remarks that, “[In painting,] proportion and perspective are not enough. We need to add some interesting elements to it that perhaps would be more relevant to humanity.”2 The paintings in this private collection provide a snapshot of Chen’’’’’’’’s delightful works from the 1980s, which aptly express both the artist’’’’’’’’s and collector’’’’’’’’s enthusiasm for life and art. Scholar Michael Sullivan remarks that Chen’’’’’’’’s paintings are such an exact expression of his vision that they need no commentary; 3 and not all works of art need to be serious artistic explorations of the human condition. 1 He Huaishuo, “The Universe in a Mustard Seed”, Special Study on Chen Chi-kwan, Han Mo Xuan, Taipei, No. 20, 1991, p. 20 2 Han Mo- Special Study on Chen Chi-kwan, Han Mo Xuan Publishing, Taipei, 1991, No. 20, p. 101 3 Sullivan, Michael. Art and Artists of Twentieth-century China, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1996, p. 187
Chen Qikuan - Lotus

Chen Qikuan - Lotus

Original 1955
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Lot number: 5058
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Chen Chi-Kwan (Chen Qikuan) LOTUS signed and dated in Chinese ink and colour on paper 120 by 24.5 cm; 47 1/4 by 9 5/8 in. executed in 1955 Provenance Private American Collection Private Asian Collection 5058 Chen Chi-Kwan (Chen Qikuan) signed and dated in Chinese ink and colour on paper 120 by 24.5 cm; 47 1/4 by 9 5/8 in. executed in 1955 This work is overall in very good condition. There is minor foxing around the top left corner and slight glue mark along the upper part of the right border
Chen Qikuan - Acrobatic Performance

Chen Qikuan - Acrobatic Performance

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Lot number: 408
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Description: CHEN QIKUAN (1921-2007)/span ACROBATIC PERFORMANCE ink on paper, signed by artist, mounted and unframed H: 24 in, 62 cm W: 10 in, 25.5 cm provenance: /spanProperty of a Pennsylvania collector paper mounted on board, some yellowing and foxing to corner and edge of paper, paper shows white strokes around left and top edge, most likely from mounting, left middle side of board slightly bent- with no associated damage to paper
Chen Qikuan - Interweaving

Chen Qikuan - Interweaving

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Lot number: 103
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Description: CHI KWAN CHEN (Chinese, 1921-2007) INTERWEAVING ca. 1955, watercolor signed in Chinese characters, and in English Chi Kwan Chen , l.l. 47 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (original frame: 48 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.) Provenance: Property of a private collection, Boston, MA; The Boston Art Club. Exhibitions: Margaret Brown Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1955 (label verso). Framed under glass, not examined out of frame.
Chen Qikuan - Monkeyscape

Chen Qikuan - Monkeyscape

Original 1966
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Lot number: 2801
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Chen Qikuan (Chen Chi-Kwan) 1921-2007 MONKEYSCAPE titled, signed CHEN QIKUAN, and with one seal of the artist ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll 120.4 by 22.5 cm., 47 3/8 by 8 7/8 in. Accompanied by wood box, inscribed, signed in English, and with one seal of the collector. executed in 1966 Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Acquired directly from the artist in 1979 Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection Exhibited Painting and Architecture of Chen Chi-kwan. Taiwan: Taipei Fine Art Museum, 2004, p. 83 and p. 220, no. 172 Monkeyscape provides a different vantage point of viewing the Yakasugi Forest macaques in play. With a keen eye for design, Chen Qikuan creates an aesthetic pattern from a landscape only visible when near. The sponge-like brush patterns of the trees are interspersed among organic blue patches of sky and branches. Up close, monkeys and deer appear to float in-between, thus creating miniature scenes throughout the painting.
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