Bac Ninh to spend $2.8m on preserving Dong Ho paintings

The northern province of Bac Ninh will spend VND60 billion dong (US$2.8 million) to retain and develop a local art speciality, Dong Ho folk paintings. The money, from the provincial budget and other sources, will be funnelled into the paintings in Thuan Thanh District , under a scheme approved on Thursday. Accordingly, VND2.1 billion (nearly $100,000) will go to restoring and develop the paintings over the next two years. Another VND50 billion ($2.3 million) will be spent on building a … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Modern Painting – Ringing the Bell…

Mrs. Le Thi Luu in 1940.

By Huu Ngoc Until the middle of the 20th century, Vietnamese rarely left their home village for another place. An analogy was drawn with the pagoda bell which was rarely taken out of the village: when someone left the village to try out his talent in another land, the person was then considered "ringing the bell in the others' land." The number of Vietnamese painters who were able to travel overseas and "ring the bell" there can be counted on one's fingers, mostly because the French put a … [Read more...]

Dong Ho Painting

Dong Ho Painting is a kind of Vietnamese folk painting originating in Dong Ho Village in Song Ho Commune, Thuan Thanh District, Bac Ninh Province. Dong Ho paintings have about 300 years of history in the north of Vietnam. Dong Ho pictures are printed on a special kind of Dzo paper. The printing paper is made of bark of a tree called "Dzo". Artists use pine leave brushes to coat Dzo paper with sea bivalve mollusk powder to create a sparkling colorful background. Colors of the painting are refined … [Read more...]