Famous Vietnamese Artist Passes Away

Painter Luu Cong Nhan, one of the big names in the world of Vietnamese fine art, passed away on July 21 in Da Lat city at the age of 76.

                    Painter Luu Cong Nhan
He left behind thousands of works of art, including watercolor, oil and do paper examples amongst many others. He was especially famous for his collections depicting Da Lat Villas, Ha Noi and Hoi An ancient streets, some of which are on display in both local and foreign museums.

His works during the two national resistance wars were considered as examples of ‘socialist realism’ such examples include, Gai Que (Country Girl), O Du Kich Nho (Small-bodied Guerilla Female Fighter), Mot Buoi Cay (A Day on the Field) and Binh Dan Hoc Vu (People Learning).

Since 1985, Mr. Luu chose to live in Da Lat, where he worked right up until the end of his life. He has held many exhibitions at home and abroad and has received many prizes including the State’s Prize in 2002, the First Class Labor Order, the 1951-1960 National Exhibition Prize and the 1959 Vienna International Exhibition Prize.

Born on August 17, 1931 in Lau Thuong village, Hac Tri district, Mr. Luu graduated from the Indochina Fine Arts School in 1954, where he was one of the students of the great painter To Ngoc Van. Upon graduating, he became one Viet Nam’s first abstract artists.

By B.A – Translated by Kim Khanh

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