Paper Painting

From “Vietnam Contemporary Art”, 1996
By The Hanoi Fine Arts Publisher

Among the Vietnamese plastic arts, wood engraving is a long standing traditional one. We have inherited from our ancients from Dong Ho village a valuable tradition of wood engraving in colour. These engravings are appreciated by generation to generation and have become an indispensable moral alimentation. Dong Ho images have their place deep in the soul of the people and their features have kept their sharpness in spite of the upheavals of the times.

With colour as red as peony, as yellow as ripe paddy, as green as a young rice plant the images have by themselves the taste of rural areas in all their characteristic rusticity.

The engraving is always performed on the wood of persimon-tree, which is solf and does not swell when dipped in water. In printing, starch plays an important role. Mixed with starch a colouring matter forms a solid and clear paste suitable for creation. Besides, scallop shells give a typically Vietnamese gleam and constitute a decorative element of printed pictures of a very simple treatment. The genre of painting on paper using gouache, water colour, pastel, ink, colour pencils, drawing charcoal, sauce occupies an important position in Vietnamese painting. In many cases, these pictures have been works of great artistical value, and what is particularly precious is that they have expressed the direct sensations of the painter before the objects, sensations that cannot be repeated. Quite a few of these painters have thus created representative works contributing to the different stages of the history of painting. Sy Tot has created the best of his gouache in the All children can study. The composition of the picture is pyramidal, the drawing without artifice, each figure is set off by light. It is surprising that Sy Tot’s style highly resembles that of Le Nain, although Sy Tot has not even known Le Nain and his style stems merely from his intuition.

Rare paintings threatened by family problems

VietNamNet Bridge - Family poverty has placed a priceless collection of paintings by Ton That Dao, a … [Read More...]

Bùi Xuân Phái’s Artistic Career

Bùi Xuân Phái was born in 1920 and died in 1988 in Hà Nội. He graduated from the Painting Section of … [Read More...]

Fusing old and new: Bui Huu Hung’s lacquer paintings

Recollection introduces the artist's new works centred on the common theme of … [Read More...]

Indulging a love for lustrous lacquer

The Vietnamese knew how to process raw lacquer more than 2,000 years ago, but it was only in the … [Read More...]

Under the Light of an Oil Lamp [Part 3]

Bui Xuan Phai 110. Have a passion for painting, keep the flame burning, it’s lethal if it dies … [Read More...]

More Articles to read on

Speak Your Mind

*