School of Fine Arts
Phan Chanh (1892-1984), was determined to find a way to improve
the tradition method of Chinese silk painting. His technique on silk
with half tones and subdued contours, creating an atmosphere of serenity
and mystique, and maintaining the typically pure Vietnamese inner emotion.
The warm dark browns, the main colour of the dress of the peasant of
North Viet Nam, wrapping in soft contours, emanating the innocence of
the simple minded soul of the rustic folks.
Van's (1906-1954) "Trua He" (An Afternoon in Summer, 1943), "Thieu
Nu va Hoa Sen" (Lady and the Lotus Flowers, 1943), "Thieu Nu va Hoa
Hue" (Lady and the Lilies, 1943, Oil) are recognized as the greatest
of Vietnamese modern paintings. His paintings are marked by lively colours,
voluminous figures, and skillfully and artistically depict human beings
which daring and delicate, modern and at the same time traditionally
Trung Thu's (1906-1980) subjects were women, children and daily
life under Vietnamese conceptions. His silk paintings show a strong
influence of Oriental styling and folk art.
De (1906-1966): Graduate of the first entering class of the Indochina
School of Fine Arts and later had additional training in Paris. His
silk paintings were well known abroad.. He was the director of Gia Dinh
School of Fine Arts in the South during the 50 and 60's.
Gia Tri (1908-1993) is a distinguished master in lacquer painting
with an elegant style and his unique ideas about the mysterious, metaphysical
nature of this material.
Van Can (1910-1994) engaged in social affairs and art training.
A virtuoso in oil, lacquer, and silk painting with realistic, lyrical
Luu (1911-1988) perfected dedicate style in classical technique.
Women and children were subjects on her silk paintings.
Xuan Nhi (b. 1913) impregnated Vietnamese spirit in a gentle and