SANYU's auctions results :
Chrysenthemus in a Glass Vase, 1950, Oil on masonite, 75 x 92 cm,
Christie's Hong Kong, 30 may 2015, Lot 13, sold for 9 629 088 € (premium
Femme en rouge, c 1930-1940, Oil on canvas, 74 x 50 cm, Christie's Hong
Kong, 23 november 2013, Lot 27, sold for 4 825 870 € (premium price).
Two Standing Nudes, c 1929, Oil on canvas, 73 x 50 cm, Christie's Hong
Kong, 25 may 2013, Lot 9, sold for 4 449 132 € (premium price).
Académie de dos, sur tabouret, 1931, Oil on canvas, 73 x 50 cm, Aguttes
SAS, 26 october 2015, Lot 3, sold for 1 530 000 € (premium price).
About SANYU :
in 1901 in Sichuan China, Sanyu is often regarded as "the Chinese
Matisse". Sanyu, was among the first group of Chinese artists who, in
the excitement of the aftermath of the May Fourth Movement in China,
travelled to Europe in the early 1920s to study art.
Paris, Sanyu immediately fell in with the fantastic artistic lifestyle
flourishing at that time: indeed, in France, the painful memories of the
First World War led to a widespread shift in philosophies and attitudes
on existence: people were desperate to enjoy the pleasures of the
present, without concern for the future. In Europe, the 1920s became
known as the Roaring 20s (Les Années Folles). Casting off the
constraints of societal codes, new and extravagant trends, lifestyles
and fashions emerged; the market for decorative arts thrived, interest
in exotic oriental culture grew. Paris flourished into an
international art centre - artists of all nationalities gravitated
towards Paris to immerse in the exhilarating freedom and openness of the
environment. The nurturing environment of Paris helped artists discover
an individualistic voice from their respective backgrounds. This group of international artists became loosely known as the "School of Paris"
classes at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and frequenting the
cafés of Montparnasse, Sanyu mingled and exchanged ideas with other
young artists from all over the world. 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. In 2004, the Musée Guimet organized Sanyu, L'Ecriture Du Corps (Language of the body), an extensive retrospective of Sanyu's works.
Today, the work of Sanyu has gained worldwide critical attention and his works are being collected throughout the world.