LÊ PHỔ (1907-2001)

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LÊ PHỔ (1907-2001)
Dans le jardin Oil on silk, signed lower right, titled on the back 46,3 x 33,3 cm - 18 1/8 x 13 in. Dans le jardin is part of a major turning point in the artist’s career, and bears admirable witness to the painter’s evolving pictorial research. The painting is a synthesis of these diverse influences. Lê Phổ chose to keep silk as his support, a medium that is very difficult to master and allows no repentance. What’s more, the artist uses a motif that is highly significant to his country. A young woman picking peach branches stands behind a mother and son. This peaceful scene highlights the importance of this fruit tree in Vietnam. Originally symbolizing immortality, peach branches and blossoms are now inseparable from the Tet festival, celebrating the Lunar New Year. Announcing the arrival of spring, they bring good luck and prosperity. For many people, they bring a new source of vitality, keeping household members in good health. Lương Xuân Nhị is a major figure in the history of 20th century Vietnamese art. A native of Hanoi, where he was born in 1914, he established himself firstly with impressionistic landscapes, then with social realist scenes on his return from a two-year stay in the USSR. His soft colour range and delicate touch give his compositions considerable depth. Colonial expansion went hand in hand with an interest in the arts of the Indochinese peninsula, which led to the founding of several applied art schools. Lương Xuân Nhị graduated in 1937 from the Hanoi Higher School of Fine Arts, which opened in 1924, where French artists worked as teachers. Like many artists who studied here, the painter created an intriguing, graceful mix of Western and Vietnamese subjects and techniques.
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