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Lacquer art master Hoang Tich Tru passes away (October 28, 2003)

Vietnam’s famous painter Hoang Tich Tru, the last of the first generation of lacquer painters of Vietnam, passed away on October 20 at the age of 91 after a long illness. With more than 60 years devoting in teaching and art activities, he was awarded the Ho Chi Minh Prize on art and literature in 2000.

Carrying Harvested Rice Home Labour Co-Operative Group in the Mountainous Area
'Carrying Harvested Rice Home,' 1961, lacquer. 'Labour Co-Operative Group in the Mountainous Area,' 1958, lacquer.

Born in 1912 to a prominent family in the northern province of Ha Bac, he loved art since the very early days. He graduated in 1941 from the Indochina Fine Arts College in Hanoi, and spent 60 years passionately pursuing his lacquer creations.

He became one of the first lecturers at Hanoi’s Fine Arts College of Vietnam, from 1956 to 1969. He later became the head of the Hanoi Institute of Art Handicraft. His talent was widely admired by foreign as well as Vietnamese students.

The veteran artist Hoang Tich Chu was one of the artists having many works included in the revolutionary fine arts. He also made great contributions to bringing the traditional lacquer to become a material of the Vietnam’s fine art. One of his major works was 1958’s To Doi Cong Mien Nui (A Labour Co-operative Group in the Mountainous Area), which was the first lacquer painting to successfully use rich colours -combinations like indigo-red-yellow. The painting is considered a dynamic and vivid _expression of nature and Vietnamese culture.

In recognition of his contribution to the teaching cause and also his art activity, the Party and State awarded him many noble prizes such as the Ho Chi Minh Prize on art and literature in 2000, the Order of Labour, first class, the Order of Resistance War, second class, the Order of anti-US Resistance War and National Salvation, first class and the Badge of 50 years of Party membership.

Painter, lecturer Hoang Tich Chu was a good example for many Vietnamese people.

Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper


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