LÊ PHỔ (1907-2001)

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LÊ PHỔ (1907-2001)
Femme aux oeillets Ink and colour on silk, signed upper right, titled and numbered on reverse 64,1 x 44,9 cm - 25 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. Considered as one of the leading figures of modern Vietnamese art, Lê Phổ was born in 1907 in Hà Tây province into a respected mandarin family, his father being the last viceroy of Tonkin. Showing a predisposition for painting and drawing, he entered the first class of the Indochina School of Fine Arts in 1925. He was soon noticed by the director and founder of the school, Victor Tardieu, for whom he retained a strong attachment throughout his life. Lê Phổ assimilated to perfection the teachings of his teachers. The school promoted Vietnamese artistic traditions such as painting on silk or lacquer, while sensitizing this new generation of artists to Western history and artistic techniques. Indeed, one can read with ease the influences of the Italian Primitives or the Impressionists in Lê Phổ‘s works. In 1931, he came to France to present his works on the occasion of the International Colonial Exhibition. He chose to stay in Paris for a year to attend classes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, then undertook several trips to Europe. He returned to Vietnam in 1933 and taught at the Indochina School of Fine Arts in Hanoi. He decided to settle permanently in France in 1937 and quickly gained a certain notoriety. Femme aux oeillets is a work by Lê Phổ featuring a young woman in a traditional tunic called ao dai. She breathes in the sweet fragrance of a few red and white carnation flowers. The artist is known for his personal style, rich in references. His works are influenced by the Italian primitives of the Quattrocento, as well as by a Vietnamese pictorial style. Here, the artist presents a woman seated on a chair, one hand resting on a bedside table and the other holding carnations, in an interior setting. In this scene, the artist achieves a moving serenity by playing with flat colors, a fine line, a serpentine curve, a three-quarter portrait, hinting at Italian references. Lê Phổ suggests a moment of moral calm and ideal peace, conducive to contemplation and dreaming. The woman seems to lose herself in her imagination, transported by the scent of carnations, also known as thousand-year flowers in Vietnam. Symbolizing longevity and eternal happiness, the scent of these flowers inspires the young woman to dream and contemplate. This work faithfully reflects the artist’s delicate, poetic style.
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