Eternal spring from the late Nguyen Van Phuong

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Eternal spring from the late Nguyen Van Phuong

Painting exhibition ‘An Eternal Spring’ by the late artist Nguyen Van Phuong opened at Tu Do Gallery in downtown HCMC on Saturday, giving a chance for art lovers to admire the works of their forefather’s generation.

Eternal spring from the late Nguyen Van Phuong

By My Tran in HCMC

A work by late artist Nguyen Van Phuong on display at Tu Do Gallery - Photo: My Tran
Painting exhibition ‘An Eternal Spring’ by the late artist Nguyen Van Phuong opened at Tu Do Gallery in downtown HCMC on Saturday, giving a chance for art lovers to admire the works of their forefather’s generation.

The show features 45 artworks, consisting of 40 oil on canvas and five lacquers. Phuong’s works present a skillful combination of classic art style with inspiration from the nation’s history.

Phuong’s artworks are filled with Vietnamese cultural features of traditional festivals, customs, practices, daily life in spring in Khue Van Cac, Lim Festival, bailing out water at the full-moon night. Characters in his paintings are dressed in traditional costumes with some depicting ancient architecture, recalling times of the past.

The colors in Phuong’s works are also worth a mention with the five main colors of the basic elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth.

Each work seems to be a story narrated with real images and all his paintings are colorful, expressing happiness and a love of life.

Born in 1930 in Hanoi, Phuong has had many solo and group exhibitions in Vietnam, Japan, Sweden and South Korea. He died in 2006.

The exhibition runs until May 7 at the gallery, 53 Ho Tung Mau, District 1.

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