Artworks by painting pioneer Nguyen Tu Nghiem on display in Hanoi

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VietNamNet Bridge - Art lovers now have the opportunity to enjoy works by one of the legendary foursome of Vietnam fine art at the Ngan Pho Gallery at 82 Hang Gai in Hanoi. Nguyen Tu Nghiem is considered a pioneer in combining folkloric tradition with a modem spirit, creating a uniquely Vietnamese style. He is one of the famous four painters of Vietnam's modern art, called Nghiem - Lien - Sang - Phai. Even when he was still a student, his teachers and peers admired him for his creativity, … [Read more...]

An Introduction About Vietnam Lacquer Painting

Painting by artist Nguyen Gia Tri

Not everybody can come into contact with the sap of this tree because it could easily result in swelling and an itching rash, particularly on the face. Such a phenomenon is popularly known as "lacquer corrosion". This will last for several weeks. If, by a stroke of bad luck, someone is attacked by this "invisible" force of lacquer resin, the only way out is … to scratch. However, you will feel a bit of relief if you crumble fresh carambola leaves and rub them on the itchy skin. Lacquer … [Read more...]

The Colour of Light – Dinh Quan’s Lacquer Paintings

Click to see artworks by Dinh Quan March, 2004 From his childhood in Haiphong to his current status as one of Vietnam’s most recognized artists, the art and life of Dinh Quan has constituted a long quest – a long road towards enlightenment. For Dinh Quan has woven together his emotions, his memories of youth, his fervent Buddhist beliefs and the history of Vietnam with a flamboyancy that has resulted in an art that speaks a universal language. And with the clarity of his … [Read more...]

The Colour of Light – Dinh Quan’s Lacquer Paintings (8 March, 2004)

From his childhood in Haiphong to his current status as one of Vietnam's most recognized artists, the art and life of Dinh Quan has constituted a long quest - a long road towards enlightenment. For Dinh Quan has woven together his emotions, his memories of youth, his fervent Buddhist beliefs and the history of Vietnam with a flamboyancy that has resulted in an art that speaks a universal language. And with the clarity of his vocation, Dinh Quan, the artist, has become the perpetual wanderer in … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Modern Paintings – The Pioneers

Born in 1910 in Kien An Town, Hai Phong City, and died in 1994 in Hanoi.

By Quang Phong, Quang Viet and H.C. Vietnamismoving forward. The Vietnamese are not only looking ahead to their future, however, but also making an effort to sort out their past. Recently they have come to terms with the origin of their modern art. For many years, this has been a sensitive topic as Vietnamese modern art began as a joint product of French liberalism and Vietnamese traditionalism during a period of brutal French colonialism and strong Vietnamese patriotism. Before doi moi … [Read more...]

The Painter Who Discovers Himself in Silk

By C. David Thomas According to Vietnamese legend, in the second century BC a beautiful princess, named Hoang Phu Thieu Hoa , discovered small caterpillars ( later known as silkworms ) spinning cocoons of fine thread. She took this knowledge to the nearby villages of Co Do and Van Sa located in the Ba Vi District of Son Tay Province . The weavers in these villages refined the silk thread and spread their knowledge through the sixty neighboring villages. In the 11th century Queen Nguyen … [Read more...]

An Introduction to the Lacquer Art of Vietnam

by Bang Sy TrucArtist, Art Critic and Art Historian March 8, 2004 "Not every person is allergic to lacquer or subject to ghost obsession." This proverb is widely known in Vietnam. It usually refers to circumstances governed by the laws of fate. Literally, it also realistically and forcefully reflects the mysterious power of "black lacquer." Lacquer is the resin of certain trees growing only in East Asia whose characteristics vary: Rhus succedanea in Vietnam, Rhus verniciera in Japan … [Read more...]