New book on Sai Gon – Gia Dinh fine arts introduced

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(Cinet)- On September 10, a painter and teacher of fine art, Uyen Huy, published a research book featuring urban fine art found in Sai Gon -formerly Gia Dinh province – from 1900 to 1975.

Artist name is Uyen Huy. Real name is Huynh Van Muoi. He has many paintings displayed at The Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City and multiple paintings on personal collection in Vietnam and in many countries, such as Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, India, France, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and East Europe.

The 700-page book, uses a wealth of valuable information and visuals to explore the influence of ancient cultures on the southern city.

The most remarkable turning point in the development of the southern region’s fine art, it is argued, was the opening of two French schools that trained students in handicraft and decorative arts in Binh Duong (1901) and Dong Nai (1903). The French continued in this vein by opening the Gia Dinh Drawing School in 1913.

These schools effectively laid the foundation for the Indochina Fine Arts College in Ha Noi, which went on to train fine artists coming from all over Indochina.

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