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T'ANG Haywen (1927-1991) Untitled, Portrait...

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T'ANG Haywen (1927-1991) Untitled, Portrait of the poet, 1972, gouache on Kyro board 70 x 50 cm Signature and inscription on the back in T'ang's hand: "T'ang 72 Les Sables In August 1972 T'ang Haywen stayed a little more than a month in a studio of the museum of the Abbaye de Ste Croix in Les Sables D Olonne, in the Vendée. It is on the invitation of the curator, the poet Claude Fournet, that he benefited from this artist residency. He brought with him some oil paintings started in Paris, among which Orpheus finished during this residence and acquired for 800 Francs by the museum. In 1973 in a television report on the Musée des Sables d'Olonne Claude Fournet spoke of the artists' residences and Orphée appeared in black and white. The images we have extracted from this report, preserved by the INA1, show Claude Fournet, who is obviously the model for Portrait du Poète. He was a friend of T ang until his death in 1991, and when he became director of the museums of Nice - living in the Palais Masséna surrounded by exotic birds flying freely in his apartment - he organised the exhibition T ang Haywen, The Tao of Painting at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco in 1996, and then at the Taipei Museum of Fine Arts in 1997. In parallel to his career as a curator, Claude Fournet is a poet and has published numerous works of prose and poetry, including: Matisse Terre Lumière, in 1985, L'autre ambassadeur ou Le maître du jardin des filets in 1996, and Oiselleries et Criailleries in 2012. T ang has produced a number of portraits and some self-portraits, sometimes symbolic and sometimes recognizable but taking the sitter, his image or his memory as a pretext for expressing an intimate feeling. The model of the poet's portrait is certainly recognizable but is not intended to represent him as we knew him but rather to report on the relationship in rebounds and reflections between a poet and curator Pygmalion and an elusive Taoist Chinese painter and traveller. This work will be included in the T'ANG Haywen catalogue raisonné being prepared by T'ang Haywen Archives and Mr. Philippe Koutouzis under the number: LMC -KW - 7.