‘Sanyu and the Belle Époque’ showcases rarely seen sketches and watercolors of Sanyu, rendered in a realistic Modernist style by the brush pen. Most of these works, created after he arrived in Paris in the 1920s, provide a window into his nascent style that later matured into a 40-year practice. Nude female models and people on the street were his constant source of inspiration. His subject matter reflected his unruly personality and artistic choices – he refused formal academic training, and frequented the famed Grande Chaumière, where he rubbed shoulders with artists from different countries. Uninhibited by academic rules, Sanyu developed a unique use of lines and brushstrokes that blended with the freehandedness of Chinese ink painting.
Chinese-French Sanyu (1901 – 1966) is considered an early leader of Chinese Modern Art. In the 1920’s, he studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris and is sometimes referred to as ‘the Chinese Matisse’. His work has been seen in multiple international exhibitions and 42 of his paintings are housed at The National Museum of History in Taipei.
作，讓我們得以一窺奠定其往後 40 年創作事業的初始
舍藝術學院（Grande Chaumière ，與來自世界各地的
法籍華裔藝術家常玉（1901 – 1966）被視為早期中國
舍藝術學院習畫，有「中國的馬諦斯」 the Chinese
出，其 42 幅畫作更被位於台北的國立歷史博物館收藏。