How to Distinguish an Authentic Phái from a Fake

In Viet Nam, there are as yet no art experts trained in a regular academic programme or qualified in this domain. Prospective buyers of paintings of famous Vietnamese artists, especially of Bùi Xuân Phái, can't help getting anxious about deceits - if they fall across a fake? This is in fact a not infrequent occurene in the current art market. Then, how to tell original paintings from copies? This has actually become a real know-how which is based upon some essential elements: experience and … [Read more...]

Vietnam and beautiful moments

VietNamNet Bridge – Lang Co, An Giang, Lam Dong, Nha Trang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu ... appear with the enchanting beauty. Join us to "admire" the beauty of Vietnam through the lens of photographer Hoang Nam. An Giang water and waves. Sunset in the Mekong Delta. Checking the net at dawn. The girl on the monkey bridge. Throwing nets. Young girl rows a boat. Climbing up palm trees to collect fruits. Fishing by fishing net frame in … [Read more...]

Mending a canvas

by Bettina Ebert Jun 21, 2011 Tears or holes in canvas paintings can be repaired using a number of different techniques and materials. One of the methods involves thread-by-thread reweaving of the torn area, and is described in the following section. Threads attached to torn edges The strainer of a painting had been attacked by insects, which had eaten through one of the wooden members. In the process, the woodborers also ate through the canvas on the tacking margin, leaving a … [Read more...]

Simple, effective transport boxes for paintings

by Bettina Ebert Aug 29, 2011 Wouldn't we all love to have access to expertly crafted, custom-made museum transport crates when shipping works of art? Unfortunately, the realities of collecting art in Southeast Asia make this almost impossible. Therefore, we have come up with a simple system that involves readily available materials and is easy and cheap to make in Southeast Asia. Tube for rolled paintings Oversized contemporary paintings can be rolled and transported inside a … [Read more...]

Stretcher or strainer?

by Bettina Ebert Mar 19, 2012 The auxiliary support of a canvas painting is usually a wooden frame onto which the canvas is stretched. This holds the canvas under tension, thus reducing movement of the fabric and allowing the artist to paint on a flat support. There are two common types of auxiliary support. Strainers are rigid frames with fixed corners. Stretchers are frames that have expandable corners, allowing adjustment of tension. Usually keys (small wooden triangles) are … [Read more...]

Uncovering a cubist masterpiece

by Bettina Ebert May 24, 2011 The Guitar is a cubist oil painting on canvas. It was painted by Tạ Tỵ in 1957, and was purchased by Witness Collection at auction in France in 2009. Prior to entering the collection, the painting had undergone extensive restoration. Tạ Tỵ (1922-2004) is known as Vietnam’s leading proponent of cubism and abstraction. Large areas of the painting were covered in unsightly overpaint which was not suitably colour-matched to the surrounding original paint. In … [Read more...]

Modern Paintings Give Your Room An Artistic Touch

By: sam78 To sell modern paintings, in a world that keeps on paying less attention to art can be a real tough challenge for an artist. It's now a natural thing for modern painters that after completion of their paintings they try to sell their paintings. But God knows that selling them is like letting a child go for a "Baby's Day Out". Patience is the keyword. In order to compete with the ever-changing global market, an artist needs to be vigilant, talented, have a good knowledge of … [Read more...]