The largest-ever exhibition of Vietnamese art outside the country has opened at Moscow's Museum of Oriental Art.
The largest-ever exhibition of Vietnamese art outside the country has opened at Moscow's Museum of Oriental Art. The works, by leading Vietnamese artists, emphasise the country's artistic heritage, and include paintings which depict the Vietnam war.
SYNOPSIS: The works of some of these artists appeared in Moscow in 1958 at the international display of fine arts of socialist countries. The Museum of Oriental Art bought many of the Vietnamese work during the 1960s.
This canvas - "springtime" - is by landscape painter Le Kouk Lok, now director of the Hanoi School of Applied Arts. The artist, born in 1918, graduated from the Higher School of Fine Arts in Hanoi in 1941.
Although vietnam has known little peace in the past forty years, many of the paintings showed quiet, pastoral scenes. Some works touching on the war - such as "Mutual Aid Team Sowing Rice" -- were in this gentle vein.
Because vietnam has historically been an agricultural country with a largely peasant population, the affinity with the soil is one of the most natural subjects for the country's artists. Another painting presents the growing of food as part of the continual war effort and the closeness of farmers and their fighting forces. It's called 'A Column of Farmers With Food for the Guerrillas'.
The Higher School of Fine Arts in Hanoi, founded in 1925, is the capital's main centre for art education. Until 1945, it taught students along identical lines to art schools in France. Experts now feel this system spread the European influence, while holding back Vietnamese art traditions.
The Higher School in Hanoi now emphasises traditional skills. These include lacquer painting derived from medieval times, and applied arts, such as work in enamel, mother of pearl and jewellery with filigree ornamentation.