David Wu Ject-key ( Chinese/american 1890-1968) Painting Of Black Woman "topsy" For Sale
During his time
at school, he was particularly active in participating in art events and, upon
graduation was recruited as a teacher for his outstanding performance. Wu has
been especially known for his impressive portrait and landscape painting:
although his works demonstrate the overriding use of Western painting
techniques, it is equally redolent of the distinctive flavor and ambiance of
For sale is a fabulous, signed oil painting on board by noted Chinese American artist, David Wu Ject Key ( 1890-1968) depicting a black woman seated on a stool. The title of the work of art is "Topsy". The framed painting measures 18.5" x 27.5" with an image size 12" x 16". There is an original paper label in verso from the Salmagundi Club 1974. ( see photo). The painting is signed lower right ( see photo) and is in excellent original condition with an original frame. Below is a brief biography on this highly listed artist.
Studied:Royal Canadian Academy., Montreal; ASL; Grand Central Art School.
Work:U.S. Navy Museum, Wash. DC; Norfolk Museum Arts & Sciences; Maryhill (WA) Museum
The following quote is from McDougall Fine Arts LLc: David Wu Ject-Key(1890-1968)
“One ought everyday to hear a little music, read a good poem,
see a fine painting, and if possible speak a few kind words. ”1 Sentiments
spoken by an extraordinary man. Born in Chung Shan and trained at the Royal
Academy of Canada, Mr. Wu, as he was addressed by his Chinese friends, spent
the majority of his adult life in America, yet was always proud of his Chinese
heritage and was very active in numerous organizations in New York’s Chinatown.
Reflective of the extreme discipline evident in Chinese-born and trained
artists, David attended medical school for a period, not to become a doctor but
to really learn the human anatomy. He served as an assistant to the great
figure painter, author, and teacher George Bridgman, until Bridgman kindly
asked him to leave the class because he was eclipsing the teacher’s skill and,
frankly, making him look bad. A very young David Ject-Key, freshly out of art school, met an even
younger blond Danish girl named Elsie on tour with the Royal Danish Ballet.
They fell in love, married, and became an unlikely couple and both accomplished
artists (both with extensive listings in Who Was Who)—she a modernist and he a
traditionalist. My wife and I were fortunate to spend many evenings with David
and Elsie, both at the Salmagundi Club sales and dinners and at their studio
apartment in New York with an eclectic, if not occasionally eccentric,
gathering of fellow artists and friends. Amid the chatter and din of the
evening I could hear Elsie and my wife keeping their native Danish tongue
refreshed. Looking back, between the Danish and David’s thick Cantonese accent,
I rarely knew exactly what was going on, but it was always a lot of fun. Three
paintings by David are in the collection, all figural work. The Lady in Purple
occupies a special place, it was a wedding gift from Elsie in 1970. The other
two pieces were acquired in 1967 and 1968 from the Grand Central Gallery and
the Salmagundi Club sales. So complete was David and Elsie’s life together
that at the time of David’s death, Elsie asked a friend and member of the Chung
Shan Association, a group David helped form many years earlier, “Is this
cemetery only for the men of the Chung Shan Association?” The reply, “It is a
cemetery for Chinese people, and you are one of us.”
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David Wu Ject-key ( Chinese/american 1890-1968) Painting Of Black Woman "topsy": $8,500