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...]

Exhibition “Passage to the East”

We hereby cordially presents a piece of solo exhibition of painter Nguyễn Thụ named "Passage to the East". From over 400 sketches, studies and silk paintings by artist Nguyen Thu in the collection of Tira Vanictheeranont, we have built into the book "Nguyen Thu - Passage to the East" throughout 2014. Today we selected some works from the collection to showcase in this exhibition. Opening: Mon 22 Dec 2014, 6 pm Exhibition: 22 - 27 Dec 2014 Vietnam University of Fine Arts 42 Yết Kiêu, Hà Nội … [Read more...]

Vietnam lags in digitalizing artistic work

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A page on Google Art Project introduces Vietnamese paintings via Singapore's National Heritage Board as Vietnam has not digitized its art works. Photo: Minh Ngoc … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s most valuable paintings

VietNamNet Bridge – A list of Vietnamese artists that have created the most valuable paintings sold internationally. Le Pho (1907-2001) Le Pho settled in France in 1937 and spent the remaining years of his life there. However, his paintings depict the scenery of Vietnam, family settings and portraits of women in ao dai. They often evoke the influence of post impressionism. In September 1993, Le Pho gave Vietnam Fine Arts Museum 20 of his paintings. The Purple … [Read more...]

Book: Nguyen Phan Chanh

Category: Artists, Individual Price: US$85.00 Description: Nguyen Phan Chanh was the first Vietnamese artist to become world famous. A master silk paintings artist, who participated at the International Paris Exhibition in 1931 to rave reviews and collectors appreciation. His silk paintings are a fine expression of the Vietnamese soul and identity. This book represents the collection of the Vietnam Fine Art Museum of his ever-lasting work. Published in 1992 by Fine Arts Publishers. 116 … [Read more...]

A Rare Rescue Mission

Mar 22, 2008 Researchers race to preserve uniquely fragile paintings from the communist era in Vietnam. For the past five years, Adrian Jones and his research team have traveled around Vietnam collecting old tubes of oil paint, unused canvases and old paper—in fact, pretty much any art material they can find that has been produced since the 1940s. They have also been interviewing elderly artists to gain a better understanding of their techniques. Their goal: to staunch the deterioration of … [Read more...]

Japanese specialists revive Vietnamese silk paintings

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Japanese specialists are set to continue restoring damaged silk paintings of Nguyen Phan Chanh, a well-known painter of Viet Nam in the 19th and 20th centuries. Considering the paintings by Chanh as treasures of humanity, the experts have brought the damaged works to Japan for restoration. The restored paintings are expected to be put on display at an exhibition held in Japan during October . Chanh (1892-1984) is praised as one of Viet Nam 's foremost creators of silk paintings . During … [Read more...]

East and West Bridge

Friends No. 1 (80x60 cm) Tempera

I started to paint when I was 6 years old. At the age of 10, every year, I spent 3 months of my summer holiday in my uncle Nguyen Tien Chung's house, in Tay-Ho village, a small village in the north of Hanoi near West-lake. Nguyen Tien Chung was a well-known painter in Vietnam and he was a teacher at Vietnamese Fine-Art School in Hanoi. My uncle was the first person showing me the beauty of art. Thanks to him, I fell deep in love with Vietnamese folk arts, especially the architect structure, and … [Read more...]

Crossing cultural boundaries

from Impressions and Expressions - Vietnamese Contemporary Painting The origin of artistic visual expression in Vietnam, a hybrid like its Southeast Asian neighbours, can be traced back to its 2,500-year-old culture that started in the Neolithic Age and steadily developed until the end of the Iron Age when Chinese invaders entered from the north. By the second century BC, foreign influences started to infiltrate into the Dong Son civilization that is widely believed to have originated in … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Art, an overview

Through the Upheavals of History Compared to other Asian countries, and according to several art commentators,Vietnam was the earliest to merge into the the main stream of modern art, as defined by the West, in both form and content. Such a fact can be easily seen with the coming into existence of Ecole Des Beaux Arts (Indochina's SchoolofFine Art) in the early 1930s, with the presence of professors fromFrance. Western style in technique and the use of color was what the first student … [Read more...]