VU CAO DAM (1908-2000)

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Result : 145 600EUR

VU CAO DAM (1908-2000)

Mère et enfant, circa 1930
Encre et couleurs sur soie,
signée en bas à droite
60 x 46 cm - 23 5/8 x 18 1/8 in.
Ink and color on silk, signed lower right

VŨ CAO ĐÀM
Known for his representations of sweet and delicate young women, Vu Cao Dam man­ages to sublimate them through their dif­ferent qualities. The motherhood depicted in Mother and Child pays homage to the bond uniting them. The pastel tonality ema­nating from the composition brings softness and tranquility. The absence of decoration reinforces the density of the characters. The half-closed eyes and the protective gesture of the mother are enough to represent this simple but profound moment of life. If the family is an essential value in the Asian cul­ture, motherhood is a universal language that Vu Cao Dam manages to honor with talent.

Vu Cao Dam was born in Hanoi in 1908 to a French-speaking, Francophile father. He grew up in an erudite environment, and attended the Hanoi Fine Arts School founded in 1925 by the French painter Victor Tardieu. He assisted Tardieu at the 1931 International Exhibition in Paris and discovered the world of Parisian art. He was highly influenced by the charms and culture of the City of Light. His subsequent travels through France led him to live there.
At first keenly drawn to sculpture, which he practiced tirelessly, Vu Cao Dam finally began to express his immense talent in painting on silk. In both fields, he mainly focused on the human figure, which he glorified in portraits and charming genre scenes. In a subtle combination of Asian and European pictorial traditions, the art­ist's delicate faces and graceful silhouettes have a refined elegance that makes his style instantly recognizable.
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