Lot n° 29
60000 - 80000
MAI TRUNG THỨ (1906-1980)
Ink and color on silk, signed and dated uppet left, titled on the back.
In the original mount card made by the artist
31,2 x 21,4 cm - 12 1/4 x 8 7/16 in.
« He who loves to learn is very close to knowledge. » These words of Confucius, collected in Interview, summarize the importance that the philosopher gave to knowledge. Chinese thinker, he is at the origin of a doctrine that still governs the values of his country of origin. Vietnam, a land dominated by the Chinese conquests, was also durably influenced by the ideas of this school. If Confucianism was initially developed thanks to analysts, writers and poets of the 13th century, it was
especially established under the Le dynasty (1428-1788) with the abandonment of the aristocracy in favor of the bureaucracy. Confucianism then became the official doctrine until 1945, when the Nguyn dynasty (1802- 19456), ceded its powers to the government of the Democratic Republic. While Reverie was made in 1975, the influences of Confucianism are still legible.
Depicting a young woman leaning around three books, Mai Trung Th evokes knowledge. Knowledge is a primary element in
Confucianism. It is indeed through it that Man can achieve social harmony and develop his perfectibility. Although living in France for several decades, Mai Trung Th remains permanently marked by his native country and the influences of the Chinese philosopher. The model, a young girl with long ebony hair, supporting her face with a graceful hand and
a thin wrist embodies an ideal of Vietnamese beauty. The oval of her face is characteristic of the works done in the latter part of her life. The vivid and colorful palette, especially the blue, yellow and pink but also the treatment of the background blurring the orange and red are typical of these years. Although he rarely returned to his country of origin, Mai Trung Th perpetuates throughout his career the Vietnamese traditions and puts his brushes at the service of the representation
of these values.
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