Chinese artists by Michel Nau - Zhang Chongren

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

Zhang Chongren

 
 

张充仁

 
 

 
 

© Zhang Chongren

 
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Figurine représentant Tintin, éditée par le Musée de Shanghai
pour commémorer le 105° anniversaire de la naissance de Zhang Chongren  collection privée

 
 

 

 
 
   
 

充仁  pinyin  Zhang Chongren

   

1907

Zhang Chongren was born in a poor family, in Xujiahui 徐家汇 at the time,

 

a suburb in Shanghai, China.

   

1914

When his mother died, he placed in an orphanage in Tushanwan,

 

managed by French jesuits, where his uncle  taught the sculpture..

 

He studied drawing, sculpture and french courses.

   

1928

He worked as a decorator for films studios in Shanghai,
  then as a graphic and designer for newpapers.
   

1931

He moved to Belgium and enrolled at the Fine Arts Académy in Brussels
  ( sculpture department  ) for three years of study.
   
   
 

The sinograms at that time, were translated with  EFEO system, 

 

and his name was Tchang Tchong-Jen.

   

1934

He met Georges Prosper Rémi Belgian author of comic strips  Hergé

 

known under the name.

 

He gave him  specific informations about China, a country where Tintin

 

wanted to go in Blue Lotus.

 

Tchang Tchong Chen is a character in the work of Hergé, the sole friend

 

le seul ami de Tintin.

  We can see his name in traditional sinograms, in Tintin in Tibet.
   

1935

After graduation and the Golden Award from the Belian governement,
  he travelled in France, United Kingdom, Holland, Germany and Austria..
   

1936

He came back to Shanghai and organized exhibitions.

 

He founded his own studio to accommodate students and sculpt busts

 

of many personalities

   

1978

During the Cultural Revolution, a part of his works was destroyed  and he became

sweeper. After he was appointed as Deputy Secretary General of the  Chinese

 

Artists' Association in Shanghai, and director of the painting and Sculpture studio

 

in Shanghai.

   

1979

He  was finally recognized in China. He published his paintings and sculptures

   

1981

Hergé and Chang met again in France.
   

1985

Invited by the French government to come to France, he set up his studio 

 

in Nogent-sur-Marne.

 

The same year, he obtained the French nationality.

   

1988

He sculpted the bust of  President François Mitterrand.

 

and he sculpted the bust of Hergé at the Angoulême Festival.

 

 

1994

He sculpted the bust of Deng Xiao Ping.

   

                    1998

He died on October  8th and he buried at the cemetery in Nogent-sur-Marne.

   
  In Qibao, a museum was created in his old studio.
   

2012

A retrospective exhibition for the 105th anniversary of the birth

 

of Zhang Chongren was organized by the Fine Arts Museum of Shanghai

 

from 29.09 to 04.10.

   
 

D. Sicard

   

 

© Zhang Chongren


Gravure sur bois 65x50cm EA / 20  4 têtes de Tintin, au centre celle de Tchang,
Signée au crayon en bas à gauche 充仁  collection privée

 
 
 
 

 
 

                     Zhang Chongren

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Chongren

 

© Zhang Chongren


1° Octobre, jour de fête Nationale.
Jeune Shanghaienne devant le buste de François Mitterrand

 
 

© Zhang Chongren


« LE COPAIN DE TINTIN 'CROQUE' TONTON »

(extrait de Télé 7 jours n° 260, 16 mai 1988)

Le Maître TCHANG TCHONG-JEN
modèle le buste de Monsieur le Président
FRANCOIS MITTERRAND
Photo de l'Elysée n° 238 – 88/10/8


 
 
     

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