|Dừa Kiến An gouache painting by Phạm Viết Hồng Lam.|
HÀ NỘI — A painting exhibition at the Việt Nam Museum of Fine Arts offers art lovers a chance to see the beauty of the spring in different regions across the country.
The exhibition, entitled Spring Colours, includes nearly 60 paintings selected from the Modern Art Collection of the museum and is held to celebrate Tết (Lunar New Year).
"Through the artists’ perspectives and artistic language, typical features of spring in different regions across the country are vividly depicted," said Nguyễn Anh Minh, the museum's director. "The country’s natural landscapes are poetically portrayed in these works showing the love for the homeland of the artists."
The paintings were created in different periods of history and by various popular artists from the Indochina Art generation including Trần Văn Cẩn, Nguyễn Văn Tỵ and Trần Đình Thọ, to the younger generations such as Nguyễn Trọng Kiệm, Phạm Viết Hồng Lam, Nguyễn Bá Thi and Võ Lương Nhi.
Exhibition goers will notice popular destinations in Hà Nội like Hàng Mã Street, Ngọc Hà Flower Village or Đống Đa Mound, as well as familiar scenes in the countryside like small villages, trees and coconut groves, from the mountainous provinces of Lạng Sơn and Cao Bằng with famous historical sites including Karl Marx Mountain, Bản Giốc Waterfall and Pắc Bó Cave to the midlands and coastal areas.
Gouache painting Dừa Kiến An (Kiến An Coconut) by veteran Phạm Viết Hồng Lam is eye-catching at the exhibition with hot oranges and bright and bold pinks.
"This is one of my favourite paintings," said artist Lam.
"I drew the painting from sketches that I made when I took my students for an internship in Kiến An District in the northern city of Hải Phòng. I like it because it is my memory and it characterises the land."
Dừa Kiến An was displayed at National Fine Arts Exhibition in 1986 and the museum collected it after the exhibition.
Spring and country themes are endless inspirations for artists. Spring gives people the colours of joy and vitality with the plants sprouting.
|Cây by Võ Lương Nhi.|
Artist Võ Lương Nhi has a chance to see her work after nearly 30 years in the museum collection.
"It is a happy moment for me," she said at the exhibition's opening ceremony.
"It is a thrill to see my painting at the museum. I'm very moved and surprised because when I finished the painting it was displayed at an exhibition and the museum bought it. The colour of the painting has not changed showing that it has been kept in good condition at the museum.
The exhibition is a pleasant and auspicious gift that brings best wishes and good luck for the New Year to everyone, according to museum director Minh.
|Dưới Tháp Chàm (Chàm Tower) by Trần Hữu Chất.|
The exhibition runs until February 15 at 66 Nguyễn Thái Học Street. VNS