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Inventing Tradition: a Vietnamese Painter in France

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by Mai-Thu



Includes 'Inventing Tradition: a Vietnamese Painter in France', a text by Anne Fort.

This catalogue is published in conjunction with 'Mai-Thu, Inventing Tradition – A Vietnamese Painter in France', an exhibition held at Almine Rech Paris between September 7 and October 8, 2022.

Mai-Thu (1906-1980) is one of the pioneers of modern Vietnamese painting. Born in Indochina during the French Colonization, he studied at the Fine Arts College of Indochina in Hanoi, graduating in its first class in 1930. The exhibition held at Almine Rech Paris offered a representative group of thirty artworks from the personal collections of members of the artist’s family. This selection covers the period from 1941 to 1976, reflecting an essential part of the artist’s French career. Through his favorite themes — women, children, family, tradition — the exhibition includes some works with many characteristic elements of Mai-Thu’s style, which constantly evolved throughout his career. The artist was also very engaged for Peace and produced many paintings during the devastating period of Vietnam War until the end of it and the final reunification of North and South Vietnam (La Rencontre, 1974).

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Quantity First edition of 500
Dimensions 27,5 x 17,5 cm 11 x 7 in
Language English/French
Publisher Almine Rech Editions
Contributors Anne Fort
Pages 133
ISBN 9782930573496
Publication Date 2023



Vietnamese painter Mai Trung Thu (Kiến An, November 10, 1906 - Clichy, October 10, 1980) has been known since the late 1950s for his paintings on silk. These works have been widely reproduced and have contributed aknowledging traditional Vietnamese life during times of peace and upheaval of the Vietnam War. An amateur filmmaker and photographer, he was also a musician who expressed this passion throughout all periods of his painting.

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