The France-based auction house Aguttes is holding an auction dedicated to Asian artists on March 14, 2022. The event, titled ‘Asian Painters – Major Works’, is in its 32nd edition and the focus of this round of sales will be artworks by Vietnamese artists. For the collection of works of art to be auctioned, Dr. D. bei, an avid collector of paintings by Vietnamese artists.
For this auction, Aguettes has once again brought together previously unpublished paintings by important Asian artists. Highlights include: Lê Pổ, Vu Cao Dàm, Mai Trung Thứ, and Trần Bình Lộc.
Below is a brief introduction to the artists:
Tran Binh Loc (1914-1941)
The artworks of artist Trần Bình Lộ, who died young at the age of 27, were a relative mystery to many in the art industry. The artist’s paintings often depicted young ladies and he painted them because he wanted to illustrate the ancient Asian tradition of depicting female beauties in their toilette. An example is the work of art entitled “Jeune élégante se coiffant”. This large silk painting was first purchased by a collector in the 1950s when he moved to France from Vietnam.
Mai Trung Thứ (1906-1980)
Mai Trung Thứ is a Vietnamese painter who settled in France in the late 1930s. With a first-class accreditation from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts d’Indochine, the artist graduated with international recognition just 10 years ago through the sales series hosted by Aguttes. Similar to Trần Bình Lộc, Mai Trung Thứ pays tribute to the sensuality of the women of his homeland by making it one of his favorite subjects.
Besides capturing female beauty, Mai Trung Thứ was also interested in expressing the bond between different generations in his paintings. Family ties are an important facet in Asian cultures and this is best illustrated in his artwork L’école.
Le Phổ (1907-2001)
The artworks of Lê Phổ, a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts d’Indochine, are the fusion of the traditional silk painting technique of Vietnam and the Impressionist influences of France. Two of his paintings will go under the hammer at the upcoming auction. These were acquired by a collector who had developed a long relationship between Lê Phổ and his wife when he first came to Paris in the 1950s. The paintings were kept as a memento of the strong bond he had with the artist.
Vu Cao Dam (1908 – 2000)
Vu Cao Dàm trained as an artist in Hanoi and moved to France shortly before the Second World War. Inspired by European Christian mother and child paintings, the artist has similarly recreated the style. This is evident in his painting Maternité, which depicts the gentleness of a mother and her child.
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