China’s Global Times confirms the death of Chu Teh-Chun (Zhu Dequn):
Dubbed as one of “the three musketeers” of Chinese artists learning Western art in France in the 1950s, 94-year-old Zhu Dequn passed away in Paris on Wednesday. Together with the other two “musketeers,” Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) and Zhao Wuji (or Zao Wou-ki, 1921-2013), Zhu was one of the most revered Chinese artists of today and widely acclaimed for his pioneering style of integrating traditional Chinese painting into Western abstractionism. […]
As schoolmates at the Hangzhou Arts School, Zhu, Zhao and Wu were later all elected as academicians by the French Academy of Fine Arts. When it comes to Chinese art history, the three are often grouped together as being the most representative Chinese artists of their generation.
Deeply attracted to the art of Monet, Cézanne and Henri Matisse, in 1955 Zhu arrived in France where he lived until his passing. There he began to boldly combine traditional Chinese water color art with Western abstract art. As his skills advanced the style of his painting became increasingly wild and unconstrained.