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Memory remains forever (March 03, 2005)

Le Tri Dung in Quang Tri Province, 1972.
"Portrait of General Vo Nguyen Giap" - Colour chalk, 2003.
"Passing the Main Point" - Lacquer, 1974.
Nearly 30 years have passed since the US-resistance war ended, but the theme on the national liberation war is still very fresh in the mind of more than 500 soldiers-painters who are members of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association. One of them is Le Tri Dung.

From thousands of sketches imprinted with the breath of fierce battles, Dung introduced to viewers many lacquer and oil paintings in large size, including "Passing the Main Point" (Lacquer-1974); "Crossing the River" (Lacquer - 1976); "Dioxin-filled Forest"(Silk - 1989); "Mother of the Soldiers"(Oil - 1999), "Border" (Lacquer-2000), "Portrait of the Soldier" (Oil - 2004), and others. In addition, his thousands of paintings and illustrations on the war and post-war time, plus the fates of army men and people working in the rears, were published by many contemporary newspapers and magazines.

Graduated from the Hanoi Fine Arts University, Dung joined the army in late 1971 and worked as a war correspondent and painter. When the war ended, he continues painting and teaching at the fine arts universities in Hanoi.

Dung has a passionate love for painting and devoted his life to describing the heroic war through paintings with the aim of consoling the souls of his comrades-in-arms, who died for the sake of national independence and freedom.

Reprinted with permission from Vietnam News Agency


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