• 19-06-2018 | Masters’ artworks up for auction

  • An auction featuring works by the masters of Vietnamese fine arts will be held at the Chọn Auction House on June 24.


    With the theme Quintessence, the auction house’s session no14 will present a selection of works by well-known artists from different generations such as the École Superieure des Beaux Arts de I’Indochine (Indochina Fine Arts College), which spans from 1925 to 1945, and the resistance fine arts courses from 1950 to 1954.


    Artists from the Indochina Fine Arts College include Trần Văn Cẩn, Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm, and Bùi Xuân Phái, who are regarded as pillars of the first and second generations of modern Vietnamese art, also known as Nghiêm-Liên-Sáng-Phái and Trí-Vân-Lân-Cẩn.


    Cẩn is considered one of the pioneering “Four Masters” of Vietnamese modern art, alongside Nguyễn Gia Trí, Nguyễn Tường Lân and Tô Ngọc Vân. His best known work, Em Thúy (Little sister Thúy), a portrait of a young girl seated on a chair, is probably Việt Nam’s most famous painting and hangs in the Việt Nam Fine Art Museum in Hà Nội. The auction will feature his painting Huế Xưa (Huế Moment in Time), made in 1981 at a starting price of US$10,000.


    Nghiêm is from the last generation of artists trained at the Indochina Fine Arts College. He is regarded as an innovative artist with highly original creations in terms of artistic language and ability to portray nationalism. Two of his paintings, Hình Mẫu Gióng (Model of Gióng) and Cất Cao Tiếng Gáy (High Crow), will be auctioned at a starting price of US$1,600 and US$2,500.


    Phái, studied in the same class as Nghiêm, is one of the most respected of Việt Nam’s modernists and is best known for his paintings of old Hà Nội streets as well as his portraits of actors and singers. A total of 13 paintings by Phái will be auctioned.


    Quintessence also marks the return of Mai Long, Lê Bá Đảng, Trần Hữu Chất, and Lê Công Thành, among others. Chất, who passed away just last month, graduated with the resistance fine arts course. Several paintings by Chất, including a sơn mài (lacquer) painting named Ngày Duyên Tây Bắc (Charming Day in Tây Bắc), will be auctioned.


    An exhibition from June 17 to 23 precedes the auction, which will be held on June 24 at 6pm at No 17 Trần Quốc Toản Street.


    Source: VNS


  • High Crow by Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm
  • Huế Moment in Time by Trần Văn Cẩn
  • Charming Day in Tây Bắc by Trần Hữu Chất