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A celebration for Viet Nam's lacquer painting founder

Update: February, 17/2012 - 17:53

 

Chu's painting To Doi Cong Mien Nui won the first prize at an international art exhibition held in India. File Photo
Chu's painting To Doi Cong Mien Nui won the first prize at an international art exhibition held in India. File Photo
HA NOI – A ceremony to celebrate the 100th anniversary of painter Hoang Tich Chu's birth was held today in Ha Noi with attendance of his family members, friends and many painters. Chu was one of the founders of lacquer painting art in Viet Nam.

At the ceremony, the Chairman of Viet Nam Art Association Tran Khanh Chuong said Chu began drawing lacquer paintings when he was studying at the Indochina Art School in 1936. Since then he practiced the art his whole life.

Chu was born in Ha Noi. During his life he created colours and lay-outs to develop the country's traditional lacquer painting. His paintings reflect the country's beauty, the life of Vietnamese people and the nation's wars.

Chu opened a lacquer painting workshop in Ha Noi in 1941 where he made several paintings for domestic and international exhibitions. One of his famous lacquer paintings in black, red brown, golden and silver is called Canh Chua Thay (View of Thay Pagoda). It was made in 1943 and is currently on display at the Viet Nam Art Museum.

After the restoration of peace in the north, Chu took part in many domestic and international exhibitions. His painting To Doi Cong Mien Nui won the first prize at an international art exhibition held in India. This painting was seen as one of his life's breakthroughs as he successfully produced a new colour for this art. -- VNS

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