Vietnamese silk painting

French painter Victor Tardieu (1870 - 1937) opened the Indochina Art College in Hanoi in 1925 after recognizing Vietnamese's fine arts ability during his period of living in Vietnam. Tardieu was completely successful with his first class, which created a famous generation of Vietnamese artists, including: Nguyen Phan Chanh, Cong Van Trung , Le Pho , Mai Trung Thu , Le Van De , Tran Van Can, Nguyen Tien Chung and Le Thi Luu . In 1931, these students made a strong impression on 64 … [Read more...]

Women, the symbol of beauty in Luong Xuan Nhi’s paintings

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Long before the general uprising in August 1945, Vietnam's fine arts circle as well the French art lovers had known Luong Xuan Nhi as a talented painter. He also resolutely fought against the French colonialists' policy of obscurantism. … [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...]

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...]

The phases of Vietnamese Art

From "Vietnam Contemporary Art", 1996 By TheHanoi Fine Arts Publisher1925-1945 The Establishment of the Fine Art College of Indochine 1995 marks the 70th year of existence of Vietnamese painting. From 1925 to 1945, the first epoch of the history of Vietnamese painting coincides with the history of the Fine Arts College of Indochina (FACI) because it was that college which created conditions for the birth and development, vigorous until now, of Vietnamese painting... The principal promoter of … [Read more...]

The First Step to Vietnamese Modern Painting

by To Ngoc Van From the book Painters of the Fine Art College of Indochina The Fine-Arts School, in the first year of its founding, was situated in Dufeur garden, that is to say, within the limits of the present-day school. That was a repository of the Public Works Service, roofed with zinc, in 1925, where were put shovels and pickaxes. It was both the residence of the director, Mr. Tardieu, and the gathering place for successful candidates. In this cradle of the modern Fine Arts school may be … [Read more...]

0/30/40’s

For a nation with an history that goes back thousands of years, Vietnamese contemporary art is relatively young. It began a mere 75 years ago with a group of artists who were trained at the Indochina School of Fine Arts (Ecole des Baux Arts de l'Indochine) of Ha Noi. With their acquired training from French instructors, the artists of this inceptive period re-discovered the beauty of the native landscape saw through a Western lens. They romanticized life and the people and painted these subjects … [Read more...]

Luong Xuan Nhi

Long before the general uprising in August 1945, Vietnam's fine arts circle as well the French art lovers had known Luong Xuan Nhi as a talented painter. He also resolutely fought against the French colonialists' policy of obscurantism. When he was a student of the Indochina Fine Arts College, he together with other painters, including Le Van De, To Ngoc Van, Tran Van Can and Nguyen Khang set up Fraeta group. At the time, the director of the college declared that he came there to train artisans … [Read more...]