Vu Cao Dam's famous Chuyen tro voi giai nhan trong vuon (converse with the beauty in a garden) (1939) was purchased for US$230,477 in Hong Kong.
Asia's first exhibition featuring the work of renowned artist Vu Cao Dam (1908 - 2000) will open June 16 in Ho Chi Minh City, reported The Thao & Van Hoa Newspaper Friday.
Entitled “A collection of lithograph paintings by Vu Cao Dam – a master of 20 tn century fine arts”, the exhibition, organized by Gallery Saigon, includes 13 lithograph pieces, among the 150 works Dam created circa 1970-1971.
One of Dam’s lithography works was sold by Sotheby’s for US$30, 000, and in 2008, his Chuyen tro voi giai nhan trong vuon (converse with the beauty in garden) (1939) was purchased for US$230,477 in Hong Kong.
Painter, sculptor Vu Cam Dam
A sculptor and painter, Dam obtained a scholarship for further studies in sculpture in France in 1931. However, he abandoned sculpture for painting, and lives and works mainly in France.
His name is included in the Arts Dictionary and some of his works are displayed in the Fine Arts Museum of Vietnam in Hanoi.
There are two stages in his career: The first is silk painting, influenced by old Chinese painting; the second, oil painting, influenced somewhat by Chagall.
According to the artist, “I pursued painting during World War II, because of material shortage for sculpture as well as the bronze casting was banned during war time.”
The exhibition will run through June 23 at Metropolitan, 235 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, HCMC.
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