Paintings show splendor of Da Lat’s old villas

More than 100 paintings featuring old French-style villas in Da Lat, Lam Dong Province, are on display at the Da Lat Information and Exhibition Center from November 25 to December 5.

A painting of old villas in Da Lat City by Vi Quoc Hiep.

“Impressions of Da Lat’s old villas” by painter Vi Quoc Hiep showcase the typical architecture of the mountain town that was first built by the French.

The nearly 2,000 old French villas set in pine-covered hills in the misty, quiescent early morning and surrounded by colorful flowers glittering under the gentle mountain sun have clearly charmed the painter.

His works evoke the exquisite and sophisticated beauty of this resort town.

Mr. Hiep will paint portraits of visitors who come to the exhibition. All the proceeds from the show will be donated to Lam Dong Province’s Fund for the Poor.

The painting titled “Thirsty Highlands” will be auctioned by the Nhan Ai (Humane) Co-operative.

Born in the northern province of Lang Son in 1948, Mr. Hiep, who belongs to the Tay ethnic community, has been living in Da Lat for 30 years, loves the villas, windy roads, hills, and pine forests, and regards himself as a son of the town.

His images of Da Lat’s old villas have been displayed around the country and in the former Soviet Union and Thailand.

He has held several exhibitions since 1990 and received many awards. His works are also on permanent display at five major museums around the country.

The display marks the 115th anniversary of Da Lat in December.

By N.Vien – Translated by Vu Khanh

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