NGUYEN PHAN CHANH (1892-1984)

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80000 - 120000 EUR

NGUYEN PHAN CHANH (1892-1984)

La toilette, 1964
Encre et couleurs, signée et datée en bas à droite
51 x 72.2 cm -20 1/16 x 28 1/4 in.
Ink and color on silk, signed and dated lower right

PROVENANCE Collection particulière, Europe (acquis auprès de la famille de l'artiste vers 1990 à Hanoï)
Puis par descendance

The only student of the first class from central Vietnam, Nguyen Phan Chanh makes his modest origins a source of inspiration. Everyday scenes become his subject, rural people his favorite characters. “La Toilette”deliciously illustrates the artist’s talent to capture these moments of life. The technique used made of large smooth flat areas, allows a great realism and brings to the scene a very particular meticulousness. The decor composed of only essential elements is thus sober, which makes it all the more intimate. Calm and serene, the two young women do not cross the viewer’s gaze. The palette mainly made of brown tones, underlines the traditional side of this scene. Sensitive to the humility and intimacy of daily life, Nguyen Phan Chanh has repeatedly reproduced this emblematic subject of his work.
Nguyen Phan Chanh comes from a family of Confucian scholars established in the province of Hà Tinh. Although he grew up in a rural village, he studied Chinese calligraphy. He graduated in 1923 and began his career as a teacher in an elementary school in Hue. In 1925, he joined the first graduating class of the Indochina School of Fine Arts in Hanoi, which had just been created at the initiative of Victor Tardieu. Nguyen Phan Chanh thus followed a similar education given at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, while developing the artistic skills specific to local traditions. Encouraged by his teachers Victor Tardieu and Nam Son, he develops a technique of painting on silk. Very quickly he became one of the leading artists of the first class. Representative of the French Arts Section in Indochina, Victor Tardieu was chosen to organis
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