Water colour display at Fine Arts Museum

Images from the past: One of the sketches by Tran Van Can on display at an exhibition at the Viet Nam Fire Arts Museum in Ha Noi to mark his 105th birthday.

A hundred and five years ago, the famous artist Tran Van Can was born.His work is now on display at the Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum.The pictures on show were painted using water colour.One of his pictures is of his wife holding a baby.His wife is still alive and was pleased to see the display. HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum is showing a collection of watercolour sketches to mark the 105th birth anniversary of master artist Tran Van Can (1910-2015). The exhibition features 80 … [Read more...]

Exhibition marks Tran Van Can anniversary

Images from the past: Two sketches by Tran Van Can on display at an exhibition at the Viet Nam Fire Arts Museum in Ha Noi to mark his 105th birthday.

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum is showing a collection of watercolour sketches to mark the 105th birth anniversary of master artist Tran Van Can (1910-2015). The exhibition features 80 watercolour sketches selected from the museum's own collection. These include Tran Van Can's paintings on four themes — portraits, landscapes, productive labour, and national defence – which he did during his trips to various parts of Viet Nam between 1955 and 1979. "I'm very moved … [Read more...]

Art collectors, past and present

A painting by Vu Cao Dam, a big name in Vietnam’s painting circle, in a foreign collection.

The global economic crisis has depressed the Vietnamese painting market. Fewer collectors, especially knowledgable collectors, are buying these days. The late connoisseur Duc Minh (also called Bui Dinh Than) is still well-remembered. As a rich businessman, Duc Minh enriched Vietnam’s art world by nurturing talented artists at a time that painters lacked basic facilities to work. … [Read more...]

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...]

Valuable artworks on show in HCM City

VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City art lovers are in for a treat with an exhibition displaying paintings and sculptures by some of Viet Nam's top artists at the Fine Arts Museum. The work of Le Ba Dang.— Photo lebadang.org "We selected 115 works for the exhibition to welcome the New Year and to express our gratitude to the donors," said Ma Thanh Cao, the museum director. Highlighted in the collection are many paintings by renowned artist Nguyen Sang, sketches by Nguyen Gia Tri, … [Read more...]

Famed painting gets restored at French Consulate

Local artist Nguyen Lam is restoring one of revered artist Nguyen Gia Tri's lacquer paintings. A famous painting by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Gia Tri, one of the country’s most revered artists, has been revamped at the French Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City since late last month. The untitled, 3 x 1.8m painting, created in 1939 and owned by the Consulate, comprises nine smaller lacquer paintings and depicts folk topics such as fish catching, rustic sceneries and pagodas. The painting has … [Read more...]

Nguyen Gia Tri’s paintings proposed to be national treasure

VietNamNet Bridge - That's the lacquer paintings in the form of a screen, with two paintings on two sides: “Landscape” in the front and “Maidens in the garden” in the back side, by well-known painter Nguyen Gia Tri.   “Maidens in the garden” by Nguyen Gia Tri. Mr. Do Quoc Vietnam, deputy director of the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts, said the museum is complete the procedures to ask for the recognition of national treasure for the paintings. The precious … [Read more...]

‘Important’ Vietnam painting collection displayed in Thailand gallery

VietNamNet Bridge – About 60 valuable and important contemporary paintings by Vietnamese artists are being displayed for the first time in Bangkok.   The paintings, on display at the 333 Gallery, are part of a collection belonging to Thai artist Tira Vanichtheeranont. The works introduced are by famous artists who laid the foundation for contemporary art in Viet Nam, To Ngoc Van, Tran Van Can, Nguyen Sang, Bui Xuan Phai, Ta Thuc Binh, Nguyen Gia Tri, and … [Read more...]

The value of Vietnamese paintings

French expert Jean Francois Hubert said Vietnamese fine art artists are lagging behind their regional colleagues at a recent ten-day training course for art critics held at the Hue University of Fine Arts. Thieu nu trong vuon (The ladies in the garden), a lacquer painting by Nguyen Gia Tri and a part of the Christie’s collection, is valued at about $102, 600 – $128,200. Photo: Tuoi Tre “Before being closed in 1945, the Indochina College of Fine Arts in Ha Noi had trained many of … [Read more...]

A novel tradition

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, French artists and professors came to Vietnam and established their E’cole des Beaux-Arts de I’Indochine. They introduced views, techniques and media from the distant West. Concurrent with developments in traditional Vietnamese fine art, great names emerged from this modern school. Yet things were not so clear-cut. A few modern artist turned to a widely used local material: lacquer. Commonly used to make objects for everyday life as well as for … [Read more...]