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Exhibition celebrates École des Beaux-Arts pioneer

Update: October, 06/2016 - 09:00
A light touch: A landscape painting by late painter Văn Giáo is on display at the exhibition.
Viet Nam News

Hà Nội An exhibition showcasing pastel paintings of the late painter Văn Giáo who was among the first generation of students of the École des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine in Hà Nội will open to public starting 5pm today at the Việt Nam National Museum of Fine Arts.

Văn Giáo devoted all his life to pursuit his favourite theme: President Hồ Chí Minh. The artist even spent months living in many different places where Uncle Hồ used to live and work in search of inpiration for his paintings. Those places include Uncle Hồ’s home province of Nghệ An, and Pác Bó in the mountainous province of Cao Bằng, where Nguyễn Ái Quốc (another adopted name of President Hồ Chí Minh) secretly stayed after his return from abroad to preapre for the August Revolution in August, 1945.

Alongside paintings about the national hero, Giáo also earned fame for his fluffy-stroke landscape paintings.

At the exhibition, titled Văn Giáo Trên Những Nẻo Đường (Văn Giáo on Every Road), visitors will have chance to contemplate many of his works, which are on display to public for the first time. The exhibition will celebrate his 100th birthday and the 20th anniversary of his death. The National Museum of Fine Arts is located at 66 Nguyễn Thái Học Street. — VNS

 

Hero at home: A painting by late painter Văn Giáo depicting President Hồ Chí Minh.

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