In 1981, with the recommendation of his three great masters – Lin Feng-Mian, Liu Hai-Su and Yan Wen-Liang – who all studied painting in Paris in the 1920s, Christian Lu went to France to work in the studio of Zao Wou-Ki and became his assistant from 1982 to 1989. In March 1983, he organized his first exhibition in France of works on Indian ink entitled « Symphonies de Beethoven ». The same year, he became a member of the Maison des Artistes. After this fruitful period with Zao Wou-ki, Christian Lu entered a period of a period of « retirement » that will last about thirty years. He then immersed himself in the study of colors and in an introspection – meditation on the meditation on artistic currents that gradually led him to a kind of lyrical abstraction inherited both from the Song landscape painters and from the masters of and the masters of the colors of the oil painting of the Occident. In recent years, after his back to the forefront of the artistic scene, he participated in several exhibitions in Paris, and in 2016, the National Museum of China in Beijing devoted a solo exhibition entitled « From East to West ».
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We owe to Cézanne this introduction to modern painting which changed the way we appreciate colors in oil painting.
Van Gogh, Matisse and Monet have subsequently pushed to the extreme the use of colors in their works.