Restoration of the Biggest Mural Painting Finishes

The biggest mural painting in Viet Nam, the latest work of French artist Victor Tardieu, was restored successfully and was displayed in the former Dong Duong University at 19 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ha Noi on May 15, 2006 to celebrate 100th anniversary of the school.


The oil canvas mural painting is 80 square meters wide, considered the biggest modern art work in Viet Nam. It depicts a Vietnamese village’s traditional three-door gate under the canopy of a century-old tree in the center.

And intellectual Mother Alegorie du Progres loomed in the middle of the three-door gate with a book on her hand. It shows that her mind always is on progress.

The painting was finished in the 1930s. Because of hot and moist weather, and devastation of war, the painting was damaged and taken down.

Artist Hoang Hung and his coworkers were in charge of the restoration. He has many large works that have been on display at various locations around Ha Noi.

He is the only Vietnamese artist who has works which were exhibited in UNESCO Head Office in Paris.

Victor Tardieu was the first headmaster of Dong Duong (Indochine) Fine Art College. He came to Viet Nam in 1921 and passed away in 1937.

Living and working in Viet Nam in 16 years, he contributed to the training and nurturing talented Vietnamese artists such as Nguyen Phan Chanh, Le Pho, Mai Trung Thu, Le Van De and many more.

Sources SGGP – Compiled by Kim Khanh

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