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Algerian artist donates Hồ Chí Minh portrait

Update: October, 13/2016 - 12:00
Artist Mustapha Boutadjine (central) presents his portrait of late President Hồ Chí Minh to the Việt Nam Embassy in France. – VNA/VNS Photo Bích Hà
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Algerian-French artist Mustapha Boutadjine presented his portrait of late President Hồ Chí Minh to the Vietnam Embassy in France on October 11.

The 1m x 0.8m painting is made from small pieces of paper cut from colour magazines.

The painting of Hồ Chí Minh in his khaki shirt depicts his high forehead, bright eyes and thoughtful face.

Speaking at the ceremony to give away the painting, artist Mustapha Boutadjine expressed his respect and admiration for the late president.

The artist said he also felt close to the Vietnamese people as Algeria and Việt Nam shared a common cause fighting against French colonialism in the 1950s.

The painting is among a collection of paintings depicting leading presidents of the world revolution movement.

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyễn Ngọc Sơn expressed his pleasure upon receiving the painting.

This is a meaningful event expressing the affection of the Algerian and French people towards Hồ Chí Minh, who is considered the Great Father of Việt Nam, the ambassador said.

In February, the family of late physics professor Pierre Biquard also presented a wool hat that President Hồ Chí Minh gave the professor during his visit to Việt Nam in 1969 while he was leading France’s Peace Movement.

The wool hat and other mementoes were then handed over to the Hồ Chí Minh Museum in Hà Nội. — VNS 

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