MAI trung THU (1906-1980)

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MAI trung THU (1906-1980)

Le jeu, 1960
Encre et couleurs sur soie, signée et datée en bas à gauche
Dans le cadre d'origine, réalisé par l'artiste 23.5 x 101 cm -9 1/4 x 39 3/4 in.

Ink and color on silk, signed and dated lower leftIn the original frame made by the artist

Une attestation d'inclusion au catalogue raisonné de l'artiste actuellement en préparation par Charlotte Reynier-Aguttes sera remise à l'acquéreur

PROVENANCE Galerie, Paris rive droite
Collection privée, Cannes (acquis auprès du précédent au début des années 1960)

Mai Trung Thu, the most politicized student of the first class of the Hanoi School, stands out from his classmates by the choice of some of his subjects. Marked by the war raging in Vietnam, it is quite naturally that he decided to put his talent to the benefit of UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. Thus, the artist produces many works depicting children playing. With his nimbl and applied brush, the artist succeeds in making people forget the lot of hardship experienced by children hit by the abuse of war. Here, the childish innocence takes possession of the composition. With a refined and precise tech­nique allowed by the black circle, the artist manages to underline the candor of these young children playing Xiangqi, a Chinese chess game. The lively and colourful palette contributes to the feeling of cheerfulness emanating from this work.
Although he has lived in France for sev­eral years, Vietnamese influences are very present: the artist has indeed chosen a medium specific to his culture, abandoning oil on canvas, a western technique. The decor is also typical of his native Vietnam, just like the graceful faces with fine features of these boys.
Anxious to offer a work of art in its entirety, Mai Trung Thu attaches an important part to the production of the framing which he often carries out himself. As a craftsman and artist, Mai Trung Thu fu
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