Sanyu Chang Yu | China, 1901 - 1966

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Sanyu - Nu de dos
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Art contemporain - vente online
December 2022
Christies
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 EUR
Realised: 12.600 EUR
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Sanyu - Dessinatrice
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Art d'Asie
December 2022
Christies, Paris
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 EUR
Realised: 44.100 EUR
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Sanyu - Femme Assise
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Art d'Asie
December 2022
Christies, Paris
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 EUR
Realised: 40.320 EUR
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Sanyu - Dessinatrice De Dos
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Art d'Asie
December 2022
Christies, Paris
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 EUR
Realised: 25.200 EUR
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Sanyu - Woman in Grey Robe
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20th Century Art Day Sale
December 2022
Christies, Hong Kong
Est.: 400.000 - 600.000 HKD
Realised: 882.000 HKD
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Sanyu - A Seated Lady
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20th Century Art Day Sale
December 2022
Christies, Hong Kong
Est.: 150.000 - 250.000 HKD
Realised: 252.000 HKD
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Sanyu - Untitled (Nude)
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in association with Yongle
November 2022
Phillips, Hong Kong Auction
Est.: 150.000 - 250.000 HKD
Realised: 138.600 HKD
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Sanyu - Woman with Stretching Body(Painted in 1920s-1930s)
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Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art
October 2022
China Guardian
Est.: 130.000 - 230.000 HKD
Realised: 216.000 HKD
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Sanyu - Seated Woman(Painted in 1920s-1930s)
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Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art
October 2022
China Guardian
Est.: 150.000 - 250.000 HKD
Realised: 180.000 HKD
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Sanyu - Lady with Hat
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Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art
October 2022
China Guardian
Est.: 180.000 - 250.000 HKD
Realised: 312.000 HKD
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Sanyu - Seated Woman with Buckled Shoes(Painted in 1920s-1930s)
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Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art
October 2022
China Guardian
Est.: 180.000 - 280.000 HKD
Realised: 420.000 HKD
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Sanyu - Woman Profile Portrait(Painted in 1920s-1930s)
Auction
Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art
October 2022
China Guardian
Est.: 120.000 - 220.000 HKD
Realised: 144.000 HKD
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The artist Sanyu

  • Chinese-French painter associated with the Paris School.
  • Repeatedly tried to establish a second livelihood with table tennis.
  • Maintained a close friendship with the photographer Robert Frank.

The Chinese-French painter Sanyu (also Chang Yu) was born in 1901 and grew up in Nanchong, a city of six million people in southwest China's Sichuan province. He left his homeland in 1921 on a work-and-study program, joining an entire migratory wave of art students who left China due to the difficult political situation in the 1910s. Thus, he first landed in Paris, later his adopted home for many years. Due to the high cost of living and Sanyu's constant financial hardship, the young artist, like many others in his circle, decided to move to Berlin.

After two years, he returned to Paris, where he attended the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, where he studied nude painting, his longtime pet issue. Finally, in 1948, he resided in New York for two years. The original plan to exchange his residence in Paris with that of the photographer Robert Franks in the U.S. metropolis was replaced by a shared apartment - and ultimately a close friendship. During this time, Sanyu was not for the first time on the verge of abandoning his art career plans in favor of his second passion, table tennis. He is said to have even painted the floor of Frank's studios as a table tennis court.

The idea of the change of plans resulted from the persistent, poor financial situation of the now almost 50-year-old - he kept his head above water with part-time jobs and the many exhibitions did not lead to the hoped-for success. Sanyu's initial ink (nude) drawings, which he mastered as a result of his calligraphy training in China, later gave way to drypoint and, somewhat later, to linocut. Finally, he turned to oil painting, which remained his preferred technique until his death. Today he is seen as part of the Paris School.

Sanyu died at 65 under unfortunate circumstances: He suffocated from leaking gas that spread in the apartment after he forgot to turn off the stove after a dinner with friends. A friend of his found him lying with a book propped on his chest, so it was assumed that he must have perished in his sleep. Sanyu's fame increased, as it did for many artists, only after his death.

Der Künstler Sanyu

  • Chinesisch-französischer Maler, der der Pariser Schule zugeordnet wird.
  • Versuchte sich wiederholt mit Tischtennis ein zweites Standbein aufzustellen.
  • Pflegte eine enge Freundschaft zum Fotografen Robert Frank.

Der chinesisch-französische Maler Sanyu (auch Chang Yu) wurde 1901 geboren und wuchs in Nanchong, einer Sechs-Millionen-Einwohner-Stadt in der südwestchinesischen Provinz Sichuan, auf. Er verließ  China 1921 im Rahmen eines Work-and-study-Programms und schloss sich damit einer ganzen Migrationswelle von Kunststudenten an, die das Land aufgrund der schwierigen politischen Lage in den 1910er Jahren verließ. So landete er zunächst in Paris, seiner späteren langjährigen Wahlheimat. Aufgrund der hohen Lebensunterhaltungskosten und Sanyus finanzieller Not entschied sich der junge Künstler wie viele weitere Personen aus seinem Umfeld, nach Berlin zu gehen.

Nach zwei Jahren kehrte er wieder nach Paris zurück, besuchte dort die Académie de la Grande Chaumière, wo er sich mit der Aktmalerei, seinem langjährigen Steckenpferd, beschäftigte. 1948 schließlich residierte er für zwei Jahre in New York. An die Stelle des ursprünglichen Vorhabens, seinen Wohnsitz in Paris mit dem des Fotografen Robert Franks in der US-amerikanischen Metropole zu tauschen, rückte stattdessen eine Wohngemeinschaft – und letzten Endes eine enge Freundschaft. In dieser Zeit war Sanyu nicht zum ersten Mal kurz davor, seine Kunstkarrierepläne zugunsten seiner zweiten Leidenschaft, dem Tischtennis, aufzugeben.

Er soll den Boden von Franks Ateliers sogar als Tischtennisfeld gestrichen haben. Die Idee der Planänderung resultierte aus der anhaltenden, schlechten finanziellen Lage des inzwischen fast 50-Jährigen – er hielt sich mit Nebenjobs über Wasser und die vielen Ausstellungen führten nicht zum erhofften Erfolg. Sanyus anfängliche Tusche(akt-)zeichnungen, die er infolge seiner Kalligraphieausbildung in China meisterhaft beherrschte, wichen später der Kaltnadeltechnik und noch etwas später dem Linolschnitt. Zuletzt wandte er sich der Ölmalerei zu, die bis zu seinem Tod die präferierte Technik blieb.

Heute wird er als Teil der Pariser Schule gesehen. Sanyu starb mit 65 Jahren unter unglücklichen Umständen: Er erstickte an ausströmendem Gas, das sich in der Wohnung ausbreitete, nachdem er nach einem Abendessen mit Freunden vergessen hatte, den Herd zuzudrehen. Ein Freund von ihm fand ihn liegend mit einem Buch auf der Brust gestützt, sodass man davon ausging, dass er im Schlaf umgekommen sein muss. Sanyus Bekanntheitsgrad steigerte sich wie bei vielen Künstlerinnen und Künstlern erst nach seinem Tod.

Sanyu - Seated Woman with Relaxed Arm(Painted in 1920s-1930s)
Auction
Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art
October 2022
China Guardian
Est.: 170.000 - 270.000 HKD
Realised: 288.000 HKD
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Sanyu - Standing Nude
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20th/21st Century Art Online
October 2022
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 HKD
Realised: 378.000 HKD
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Chang Yu - Lady
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Fine Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy
October 2022
China Guardian
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 HKD
Realised: 384.000 HKD
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Sanyu - Lady Drawing
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20th/21st Century Art Online
July 2022
Christies, Hong Kong (Online Auction)
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 HKD
Realised: 176.400 HKD
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Sanyu - Standing Nude
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Modern and Contemporary Art Day Sale
July 2022
POLY, Hong Kong
Est.: 150.000 - 250.000 HKD
Realised: 204.000 HKD
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Sanyu - Reading Woman
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Modern and Contemporary Art Day Sale
July 2022
POLY, Hong Kong
Est.: 150.000 - 250.000 HKD
Realised: 312.000 HKD
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Sanyu - Nu Agenouillé De Dos
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Impressionist & Modern Art
June 2022
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 EUR
Realised: 22.304 EUR
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Sanyu - Nu Debout De Dos
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Impressionist & Modern Art
June 2022
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 EUR
Realised: 13.120 EUR
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Sanyu - Femme Dessinant, Vue Du Dessus
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Sanyu, brush drawings
June 2022
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 EUR
Realised: 13.120 EUR
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Sanyu - Nu Allongé
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Sanyu, brush drawings
June 2022
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 EUR
Realised: 18.368 EUR
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Sanyu - Nu Allongé
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Sanyu, brush drawings
June 2022
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 EUR
Realised: 23.616 EUR
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Sanyu - Nu Accoudé, Jambe Droite Relevée
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Sanyu, brush drawings
June 2022
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 EUR
Realised: 17.056 EUR
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