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The 29th "Asian Painters, Major Works" auction sale will be held on Monday 7 June, with some twenty works selected by Charlotte Aguttes-Reynier, the expert specialized in this highly targeted segment of the art market. Among the artists presented, there will be the Vietnamese artists Le Pho, Mai Trung Thu, Pham Hau and the French artist Alix Aymé. 

An exceptional lacquer Landscapes with Junks by the master Pham Hau (1903-1995) representing a Vietnamese lakescape is part of theses amazing artworks. Shaping a screen of four panels, this lacquer pays tribute to the beauty of these regions. The luxuriant vegetation, made of banana leaves, apple blossoms and bamboo, underlines the tropical nature of the place. Pham Hau sublimates the bay thanks to a masterly work of blue and gold reflections, punctuated by the presence of junks and rocks.

PHAM HAU (1903-1995) 
Landscapes with Junks, circa 1943
Lacquer with gold and silver highlights
Estimate: 150 000 – 250 000 euros


Mai Trung Thu (1906-1980) with his Young Woman and Child in a Landscape takes will be in this sale. Painter of intimacy, the artist captures maternal tenderness, illustrated by the gestures of the figures and also by their shared affectionate gaze. Although the Western influence is felt through the choice of an open perspective, the essential figurative elements of this composition borrow from the artist's native culture: the figures are dressed with traditional outfits and the scene is set in Asian vegetation. The long silhouettes, the palette of primary colors and the format are characteristic of the artist's works, forging his unique style.

MAI TRUNG THU (1906-1980) 
Young womand and Child in the Landscape, 1960
Estimate: 40 000 - 60 000 euros

The artist Le Pho (1907-2001) adorns our walls with spring bouquets of flowers, including a magnificent composition entitled The Opaline Vase. The power of Le Pho's art lies in its clever blend of cultures.The artist managed to take up the artistic codes of his native country while mastering Western technique. He plays with influences by combining the ancestral technique of silk and still life, while adding a new freshness of his own. The bouquet, composed mainly of chrysanthemums, is a reminder of this constant double reading in the artist's work. These flowers pay tribute to the dead in Europe, but are symbols of nobility and durability in Asia. Le Pho establishes himself as a great artist who can link cultures to offer a unique and beautiful art.

LE PHO (1907-2001)
The Opal vase
Estimate: 40 000 – 60 000 euros

Finally, a French artist with strong links to Asia, Alix Aymé (1894-1989), occupies a special place in this sale, in particular with a marvelous scene of a model in the studio, painted in Hanoi. The oil on canvas Nude with Lotuses borrow from a typical subject of European artistic culture, while bringing an Indochinese perspective. This young woman is lasciviously lying down and her body is outlined by black in the manner of the impressionists, which is reminiscent of Manet, Gauguin and even Titian’ works... However, the scene is very restrained. A magnificent bouquet of lotus flowers, which is a symbol of femininity, catches the eye like a fragile and delicate shield. The flowers placed between the viewer and the model give the scene a peaceful and pure atmosphere. The languid young woman turns her head away and seems to be dozing.  

Alix AYMÉ (1894-1989)
The Naked Woman by the Lotus, circa 1938
Estimate: 100 000 – 150 000 euros

Another female portrait, this time in lacquer Young Girl, will be added to the group of selected artworks. This lacquer shows Alix Aymé's unique craftsmanship. By applying new materials, such as gold leaf and eggshell, to the classic colors, she preserves the Asian heritage while adding a touch of modernity. The artist's Western contribution can be seen in the approach of the subject, where the open window overlooking a garden in the distance is reminiscent of Renaissance portraits. The gold leaf background shows the model as a Byzantine icon. Yet some of the details are undeniably linked to Indochinese culture. The banana leaves in the lower part of the painting, as well as the model's thin, elongated features, are typical of the local culture. Playing with references, mixing materials, Alix Aymé sublimates this young girl with a sweet face and shows the enrichment of the portrait thanks to lacquer.

Alix AYMÉ (1894-1989)
Young Girl, circa 1935 
Estimate: 60 000 - 80 000 euros

With The Three Children, Alix Aymé chooses lacquer to immortalize these young models. The little girl with the collar stands proudly upright looking at the viewer, while the middle girl is pensive, and a little boy is tenderly resting his head on her shoulder. Traditional colors such as black, red and brown are enhanced by new tones such as blue, the result of recent innovations made possible by Joseph Inguimberty, a professor at the Indochina School of Fine Arts. The artist's great skill allows her to work with finesse and precision, for instance the patterns of the dresses are particularly delicate. The bouquet of flowers brings a springtime touch and enriches this composition making it more than a simple portrait.

ALIX AYMÉ (1894-1989)
The Three Children
Estimate: 20 000 – 30 000 euros

Monday, 7 June 2021, 2.p.m.
Aguttes - 164 bis avenue Charles-de-Gaulle - Neuilly-sur-Seine

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