Vietnam inspires French artist Dominique de Miscault

French artist Dominique de Miscault arrived in Ho Chi Minh City for a painting exhibition called “Meeting poet Tran Dang Khoa” at the Ami Art Gallery in Van Thanh Tourist Area.

French artist Dominique de Miscault (L) enjoys Tran Dang Khoa’s poems read by Professor Tran Van Khe (R) at the opening ceremony of the painting exhibition.  (Photo: Sggp)

The exhibition features the artist’s illustrated paintings for a French-Vietnamese collection of 37 children’s poems by Tran Dang Khoa.

The artist said that she was interested in poems by Tran Dang Khoa. Khoa is one of the most famous Vietnamese poets and well-known for children’s works, about family life, Vietnamese children during war time, love for pets and the country.

The artist has displayed her works in many painting, photo and installation exhibitions in Vietnam.

The painter and installation artist who has visited Vietnam many times since 1992 and spent a lot of time studying the late President Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese people and the country made a documentary film on Uncle Ho.

She presented the documentary film titled “President Ho Chi Minh- Dream of Peace” to Vietnam Television in Hanoi.

The documentary film “President Ho Chi Minh- Dream of Peace” is based on the book “Je reviens au Vietnam libre” (I Returned to Liberate Vietnam), written by Leo Figuerre, a French journalist and a senior official of the French Communist Party, who was impressed by President Ho and documented his experiences at the Viet Bac resistance base in north Vietnam in the 1950’s.

Miscault received much assistance from Vietnamese and French friends, especially the author Leo Figuerre, to complete the film in October 2011.

The artist said that Vietnam never fails to inspire her.

By Kim Ung – Translated by Kim Khanh

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