Before 1945

The earliest Vietnamese artist to achieve recognition for his work in the medium of oil and watercolour painting was Lê Văn Miến (1873 -1943), a native of Huế who studied classical academic painting at theÉcole des beaux arts in Paris in the early 1890s. However, at the turn of the century western concepts of space and light in art were still alien to Việt Nam and the 'realism' of his work would undoubtedly have raised eyebrows in Vietnamese artistic circles. Contemporary French art was … [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...]

Artist and Revolution

Party admission in the dien bien phu trench - Nguyen Sang

By Luong Xuan Doan 'Party Admission in the Dien Bien Phu Trench,' lacquer painting by Nguyen Sang. The first beautiful pages of Vietnam's modern fine arts were first written by artists To Ngoc Van, Tran Van Can, Nguyen Phan Chanh and Nguyen Do Cung and later by artists Nguyen Sang, Nguyen Tu Nghiem, Bui Xuan Phai and others, and until today, these are the most beautiful pages of the national revolutionary art. … [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 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 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...]

Artists and Revolution

365-portrait-of-soldier-nguyen-trung

By Luong Xuan Doan 'Party Admission in the Dien Bien Phu Trench,' lacquer painting by Nguyen Sang. The first beautiful pages of Vietnam's modern fine arts were first written by artists To Ngoc Van, Tran Van Can, Nguyen Phan Chanh and Nguyen Do Cung and later by artists Nguyen Sang, Nguyen Tu Nghiem, Bui Xuan Phai and others, and until today, these are the most beautiful pages of the national revolutionary art. At first these artists lived with their emotion, feeling all that in the past so … [Read more...]