Never-seen artworks of late painter Luu Cong Nhan on display

Duc Minh art gallery in Ho Chi Minh City is displaying 60 paintings of famous painter Luu Cong Nhan, some never seen by the public.

Works of late painter Luu Cong Nhan are displayed at Duc Minh art gallery in Ho Chi Minh City.

Works of late painter Luu Cong Nhan are displayed at Duc Minh art gallery in Ho Chi Minh City.

The collections of artworks come from collectors Nguyen Truong Son, Bui Quoc Chi and Luu Quoc Binh who is the late painter’s son.
Most of exhibits are oil and watercolor paintings which were created from 1950s to 1980s, describing the peaceful countryside landscapes, soldier's daily activities, and daily life of people in Hanoi and rural areas.
The exhibition will run until March 3.
Painter Luu Cong Nhan is one of the big names in the world of Vietnamese fine arts. He passed away in Da Lat city at the age of 76 in 2007.
He left behind thousands of artworks, 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 had ever been 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, the artist 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 had 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, Luu Cong Nhan 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 the Viet Nam’s first abstract artist.
Nhan's paintings have been displayed at the Berlin International Exhibition (1964), Bucharest (1968), Budapest (1960), Laureate of the Vienne Biennal V (1959), Paris (1980) and more.

By MINH AN – Translated by Kim Khanh

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