As the third son of the Chu family, Teh-Chun was born on 24 October 1920 in Baitou Zhen, in the province of Jiangsu. This agricultural region of China made up of plains, watercourses and canals and which is also called the 'water country' will mark him deeply and give the artist Chu Teh-Chun a luminous palette. He comes from a prosperous family of medical doctors, who are collectors of traditional Chinese painting.
In 1935, he enters the National School of Fine Arts in Hangzhou where he meets his contemporary Zao Wou-Ki. At the time not just traditional painting was taught; painters who had lived in France had brought back art reviews and reproductions of Renoir, Matisse, Picasso and Cézanne which fascinate Chu Teh-Chun. Wit
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