Lot n° 13
20000 - 30000
Result with fees
: 27 300EUR
LE PHO (1907-2000)
Bouquet de fleurs
Oil on canvas, signed lower right
18 1/8 x 24 1/4 in.
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Collection privée, Paris (acquis auprès de l’artiste et conservé depuis)
Floral compositions in oils are prominent in Le Pho’s work, and synthesise the artist’s heritage of decorative Vietnamese canons and Western pictorial aesthetics. The Bouquet de Fleurs here clearly shows the influence of the Impressionists. Liberated by this medium, the artist expresses himself more spontaneously and intuitively, while maintaining a keen precision. The lively palette of the orange background brings out the intensified motif of the delicate flower petals, giving the work a particularly harmonious and poetic feel.
Considered one of the leading figures in modern Vietnamese art, Le Pho was born in 1907 in Ha Tay province into a respected mandarin family. His father was the last viceroy of Tonkin. With his evident predilection for painting and drawing, he was one of the first students to enter the Indochina School of Fine Arts in 1925. He was soon noticed by the director and founder of the school, Victor Tardieu, with whom he maintained a close relationship throughout his life. Le Pho brilliantly assimilated all he learned from his teachers. The school fostered Vietnamese artistic traditions like painting on silk and lacquering, while introducing this new generation of artists to Western history and artistic techniques. The influence of the Italian Primitives and the Impressionists is easily sensed in Le Pho’s work.
In 1931, he travelled to France to show work at the International Colonial Exhibition. He decided to stay in Paris for a year to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and then made several journeys to Europe. He returned to Vietnam in 1933 and taught at the Indochina School of Fine Arts. He then decided to move permanently to France in 1937, and soon established a glowing reputation.
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