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Comprehensive guide covering Vietnamese modern art published (September 20, 2005)

A new book aiming to give a comprehensive overview of the development of modern Vietnamese fine art, entitled My Thuat Viet Nam Hien Dai (Vietnamese Modern Fine Art) has been published.

The book, which was compiled by the Ha Noi Fine Art College and the Fine Art Institute, features 432 works by 170 artists accompanied by written documents.

For many people, the modern art era in Viet Nam began in 1925, when the French opened the Indochina Fine Art School in Ha Noi. Around that time, many Vietnamese people started learning about the Western fine art tradition, and a new generation of painters and sculptors began to create works totally different in style to traditional Vietnamese art.

The 408-page book is divided into five parts: Vietnamese fine art under French rule between 1884-1945, Vietnamese fine art between 1945-75, Vietnamese fine art after 1975, Vietnamese painters living abroad; and Vietnamese architecture in the 20th century.

In addition, the book features detailed appendices, including a list of the painters and sculptors who have been awarded the honoured Ho Chi Minh Prize, a list of Viet Nam’s fine art colleges, and a chronicle of the major events in Vietnamese fine art.

Some previously unreleased works are printed in the book, including Tran Van Can’s 1941 painting Chan Dung Thieu Nu (Girl’s Portrait) and Ta Ti’s 1974 work Truu Tuong (Abstract).

The book’s compilers hope it will be a valuable research source of Vietnamese fine art.

"The book has been put together by several researchers of the Fine Art Institute, who have taken field trips and carried out extensive research over the last four years," said the book’s chief editor Nguyen Luong Tieu Bach, director of the Fine Art Institute and the Ha Noi Fine Art College. "We hope that the book will be a good reference for the teaching and studying of Vietnamese fine art." — VNS

Reprinted with permission from Vietnam News Agency


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