Establishing the value of Vietnamese painting

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‘Choi O An Quan ’ ( Children Playing Games ), a famous painting by silk painting master Nguyen Phan Chanh … [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...]

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...]

‘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...]

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...]

The emergence of Vietnamese contemporary art

For some years after Reunification socialist realist art continued to hold sway in the north, with the result that most of the works featured in the National Art Exhibitions of 1976, 1980, 1982 and 1985 were dominated by themes of revolutionary struggle and the drive for socialist reconstruction. During this period the country faced severe economic difficulties and art materials, particularly paint, were of low quality and in extremely short supply. However, throughout this period the so-called … [Read more...]

Book: Nguyen Sang

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Category: Contemporary Art Unit Price: US$80.00 Description: Featured Books: “Even if you pave the road with money, I’d trample on it. But to serve art, I’d glean any penny for subsistence”: Nguyen Sang. Nguyen Sang is one of Vietnam’s most important painters and this book celebrates his work and his influence, with 85 paintings, extensive essays, photos and poetry written by the artist himself. “In 1984, Sang had his first and only solo exhibition at the Fine Art Museum. It was a … [Read more...]

Book: Masters of Vietnamese Painting

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Category: Contemporary Art Unit Price: US $22.00 Description: This book features four leading painters of the “first generation” of Vietnamese art: Nguyen Gia Tri, To Ngoc Van, Nguyen Sang and Bui Xuan Phai. There are several articles about each master and samples of their work. They were circumscribed in the span of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine, from 1925 to 1945, recognized as the first contact between Vietnamese traditional art and Western art. This rare volume is printed … [Read more...]

Framing the National Spirit – Viewing and Reviewing Painting under the Revolution [Part 4]

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By Nora A. Taylor in The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam edited by Hue-Tam Ho Tai the cafe´ owner seem calm and nonchalant in this scene, perhaps even slightly bored, and a kind of ennui or emptiness prevails. One is reminded of the portraits of absinthe drinkers in Paris cafe´s by such French postimpressionist painters as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Manet, and Pablo Picasso, in which figures often appear afflicted with chronic melancholy or … [Read more...]

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Framing the National Spirit – Viewing and Reviewing Painting under the Revolution [Part 2]

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By Nora A. Taylor in The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam edited by Hue-Tam Ho Tai the Communist Party from 1941 until 1956, outlined the task of the artist: “to draw from reality what is typical, what people can see at first glance, gather facts, ideas and contradictions into a lively picture, and indicate the right direction leading to the correct Future.”[8] Portraits were mostly considered trivial exercises in physiognomy and therefore irrelevant to the … [Read more...]