The 28th sale of "Peintres d'Asie, Œuvres majeures", opens the calendar of vacancies for the first half of 2021 at Aguttes.  On the 8th of March, at 11am in Neuilly-sur-Seine, thirty works by these painters who came to France at the beginning of the 20th century and who have made the reputation of the expert Charlotte Aguttes-Reynier in this highly targeted segment of the art market, will be presented.

This selection bears witness to the talent of artists such as Lê Phổ, Vu Cao Dam, Mai Trung Thu, Trung Phuc Duyen or Alix Aymé. Their works were at the genesis of a new art, imbued with the richness of traditional Asian arts.

These former students of the Indochina School of Fine Arts will be honoured in sometimes unexpected registers. Thus, two paintings on silk by Lê Phổ depict the seabed. This theme is extremely rare in the artist's work. The fish, often present in Asian culture, are seen in pairs. They evoke marriage and marital bliss, while the koi carp symbolises wealth and success. With a skillful gesture, Lê Phổ retranscribes the subtle transparency of the fins and breathes an aerial movement into the algae.

LÊ PHỐ (1907-2001)
Trois poissons

Ink and color on silk, signed lower right
9 1/8 x 11 5/8 in. by sight
Est.: 50 000 – 80 000 euros


LÊ PHỐ (1907-2001)
Quatre poissons
Ink and color on silk, signed lower left
9 x 11 5/8 in.
Est.: 50 000 – 80 000 euros

A magnificent work by Mai Thu, all in restraint, will also be unveiled in a delicate and intimate scene whose accessories, the lacquered wooden box and jewellery decorated with jade, mark the painter's attachment to his Sino-Vietnamese origins. The composition, on the other hand, betrays his Western influences and the result presented to us today will undoubtedly arouse the interest of many collectors and amateurs.

MAI TRUNG THU (1906-1980)
Le coffret à bijoux, 1960

Ink and color on silk, signed and dated upper right.
In the original frame, made by the artist.
18 1/4 x 23 3/4 in.
Est.: 200 000 – 250 000 euros

LÊ PHỐ (1907-2001)
Maternité, circa 1940-1960
Oil, ink and color on silk, signed lower right

25 1/2 x 15 3/4 in
Est.: 40 000 – 60 000 euros

With Maternité, Lê Phổ offers us, thanks to a delicate work on silk, a composition imbued with softness and created in the 1950s, testimony to a pivotal period in his work. This is followed by two works illustrating his so-called Findlay period, the name of the eponymous gallery that represented the artist for many years on the other side of the Atlantic. Lê Phổ sublimates here the art of floral composition, his favourite subject, by his virtuoso mastery of oil painting according to the Western method.

LÊ PHỐ (1907-2001)
Rudbeckias et eucalyptus dans un vase à pied large
Oil on masonite, signed lower right
36 1/4 x 23 5/8 in
Est.: 60 000 – 100 000 euros

LÊ PHỐ (1907-2001)
Fleurs de printemps dans un vase à pied

Oil on masonite, signed lower right
23 15/16 x 14 7/8 in

Est.: 35 000 – 50 000 euros

In this floral register, we will also present the work Glaïeuls by Vu Cao Dam, who here magnifies his subject with the finesse that ink on silk allows.

VU CAO DAM (1908-2000)
Glaïeuls, circa 1940
Ink and color on silk, signed lower right
23 5/8 x 17 5/8 in.

Est.: 40 000 – 60 000 euros

Then with Maternity, he expresses his admiration for the maternal figure, whose features he retranscribes with almost religious gentleness.

VU CAO DAM (1908-2000)
Maternité, 1978

Oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right, titled on the reverse
10 7/8 x 9 in.
Est.: 35 000 – 50 000 euros

Finally, going back to a more traditional theme, Vu Cao Dam raises with great modernity and in a more western style a magnificent rooster in all the colours.

VU CAO DAM (1908-2000)

Oil on panel, signed lower left
21 9/16 x 18 in.
Est.: 20 000 – 30 000 euros

We will also return to the subject of childhood, dear to Mai Thu, with a charming and tender performance entitled Brother and Sisters.

MAI TRUNG THU (1906-1980)
Frères et sœurs, 1969

Ink and color on silk, signed and dated lower left, titled and dated on reverse. In its original frame made by the artist.
4 1/2 x 13 in.
Est.: 30 000 – 50 000 euros
Moreover, in the pure tradition of Vietnamese arts, a lacquer of great finesse by the artist Tran Phuc Duyen will transport us into a marvelous dreamlike landscape inhabited by does drinking.   

TRAN PHUC DUYEN (1923-1993)
Biches, 1949
Lacquer, signed and dated lower right
19 1/4 x 20 7/8 in.

Est.: 18 000 – 20 000 euros
This ancestral technique, which is the foundation of Vietnam's cultural identity and arts heritage, is praised by the French artist Alix Aymé. She brings to our eyes in this sale on March the 8th, one of her wonderful creations of which she has the secret and featuring a beautiful young blonde woman. In addition to this medium that she taught in Hanoi, the artist excelled in painting on silk of which she also offers us here a model.

Alix AYMÉ (1894-1989)
Personnages dans la jungle

Ink and color on silk, signed lower left
23 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.
Est.: 20 000 – 30 000 euros

This exhibition takes place until Friday 5th of March and on appointment.

Monday, 8 March 2021, 11am
Aguttes - 164 bis avenue Charles-de-Gaulle - Neuilly-sur-Seine 

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Until Friday, 5 March: 9:30am - 1pm et 2pm - 5:30pm (sauf week-ends)

Charlotte Reynier-Aguttes: - +33 (0)1 41 92 06 49 

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