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More of Nguyen Phan Chanh's paintings identified (November 17, 2003)
 In around 140 completed paintings of Vietnamís famous painter Nguyen Phan Chanh, there are now only about 50 of these in Vietnam. About two third of his paintings are now still somewhere around the world. His family does not know clearly about them. But recently, some of these paintings have been found.
Nguyen Sang Ė Huge and Tender
 In the early 70's, taken by a friend on a visit to Nguyen Sang at his walk-up on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, I already decided that he was an artist of first importance of our contemporary art after 1945. This was prevailed upon me by a small-size self-portrait of light brown-yellow color in a solid wooden frame, which seemed...

Nguyen Tu Nghiem -- A passionate artist (November 18, 2003)
 Standing in front of Apartment 110, on the ground floor of a block in Trung Tu residential quarter, Hanoi, I was looking up and down for the doorbell-button but found nothing at all. Seeing me as a stranger, a Japanese dog, with white and bushy hair, barked noisily. Following it was an elderly man on the wrong side of eighty, medium-statured, with a skin rarely tanned by the sun, in quite good shape. I understood at once the dog was his special bell.
Role of artists during resistance wars (April 30, 2005)
 Many Vietnamese artists created immortal literary and music works during the national resistance wars. This resulted from their great passion for art they have and also their responsibilities to the fate of the country.
Vietnamese sculpture retains longevity (July 07, 2003)
 Located in the South East Asian region, Vietnamís sculpture is naturally much influenced by the two major civilizations of China and India.
Vietnamís Photography - a half century of growth (April 26, 2003)
 Vietnam's Photographers' Association has just celebrated its 50th anniversary and received the Ho Chi Minh Order, one of the highest distinctions conferred by the State in recognition of the Associationís achievements obtained during the two wars of resistance and national development.
Vietnamís traditional lacquer paintings discussed (November 23, 2006)
 VietNamNet Bridge - A seminar on Vietnamís traditional lacquer paintings was held on November 22 at the Hanoi Fine Arts University with the participation of many artists, fine art critics, lecturers and art connoisseurs. This is an effort to preserve and develop the unique art of Vietnam lacquer paintings.
Women, the symbol of beauty (Feb 06, 2003)
 Long before the general uprising in August 1945, Vietnamís fine arts circle as well the French art lovers had known Luong Xuan Nhi as a talented painter. He also resolutely fought against the French colonialistsí policy of obscurantism.
Bui Xuan Phai - Uncorked Soul
 
Bui Xuan Phai, the man and the artist, remains a living presence in Vietnam, three years after his death from lung cancer in Hanoi at the age of sixty-seven. The most well known Vietnamese artist outside the country, Phai is the most respected and well-known artist within his own country, despite not being allowed has an individual exhibition until 1984. No one speaks ill of the man: most often he is described as modest, reticent, generous, independent minded, and above all else, a man of quiet dignity.

Contemporary Artists - Efforts to Build and Affirm a Novel Spirit for the New Artistic Tradition
by Nguyen Xuan Tiep
 
Vietnamese plastic arts enjoy a time-honored tradition. Their most prominent achievements are the famous wooden statues and engravings in communal houses, pagodas, royal tombs, shrines and temples of Northern Vietnam dating back over millennia. There were also the diverse, multi-faceted arts including the well-known, brightly colored Lang Ho and Hang Trong folk paintings (Ha Bac, Hanoi); the Champa architecture which spread from Quang Tri to Binh Dinh Province and whose ideology, philosophy and religious belief were imbued with reproductive language; as well as a system of funeral houses from Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) with primitive Aboriginal, mystical and hallucinatory artistic language. These cultural and plastic arts values represent the spiritual foundation and nutrient source that has fostered the creativity of generations of Vietnamese painters.


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