Bui Xuan Phai

Bui Xuan Phai

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BUI XUAN PHAI

(1920-1988)

Bui Xuan Phai’s life has been so closely associated with Hanoi that the city’s old banyan trees, moss-covered walls, dark red tiled roofs and ancient streets have become the heart and soul of his paintings. So far no other painters have been able to match Phai’s talent for revealing the charm of Hanoi’s old quarter with his large, dark and nostalgic strokes of the brush; though more recently the outlines of his objects have become thinner and his palette more cheerful as can be found in his 0 Quan Chuong (1983) and Ngo Si Lien Market (1984). Bui Xuan Phai also painted pictures of actors and actresses of the traditional cheo theatre, and the cows, haystacks and graceful country girls of the peaceful countryside. Vietnamese modem painting would be incomplete without Bui Xuan Phai. His influence on later generations of painters can still be felt today.

 

Born in 1920 Ha Noi and died in 1988

 

Graduate of the 1941-1946 class of the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts de L’Indochine

 

Awarded the Ho Chi Minh Prize for the Literature and Arts in 1996

 

Main works: Old Street (oil), The Da River (oil, 1980), O Quan Chuong (goauche, 1983), and Before the Performance (oil, 1983).

Quoc Tu Giam – Gouache on carton – 12x16cm

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Quoc Tu Giam Oil on carton 32×39 cm (#BXPhai01)

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A man and horse Oil on wood 34×34 cm (#BXPhai02)

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Ha Noi old street Gouache on paper 33×38 cm (#BXPhai03)

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Ha Noi old street Oil on carton 10×15 cm (#BXPhai04)

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Countryside landscape 1 Pencil on paper 37×52 cm (#BXPhai05)

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Countryside landscape 2 Pencil on paper 37×52 cm (#BXPhai06)

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Mid-Autumn dance Gouache on paper 18×24.5 cm (#BXPhai07)

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Mr. Dam collector’s portrait Gouache and Chinese ink on paper 27×35 cm (#BXPhai08)

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Self portrait Chinese ink on paper 27×40 cm (#BXPhai09)

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Nang Hien artist’s portrait Pastel and Gouache on paper 21×28 cm (#BXPhai10)

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Nang Hien artist’s portrait Chalk on paper 24×32 cm (#BXPhai11)

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Portrait of Bui Tuyet Nhung Oil on paper board 19×26 cm (#BXPhai12)

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Khue Van Cac temple Water color on paper 19×26 cm (#BXPhai13)

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Hang Be street Gouache on paper 15×10 cm (#BXPhai14)

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Ambushing Elephant Temple Oil on carton 15×10 cm (#BXPhai15)

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Ho Chi Minh City – pastel on paper – 25x18cm (#BXPhai17)

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Hanoi Old Street gouache on paper 6×4.5 cm (#BXPhai18)

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Girl with Flowers chinese ink on paper 7×10 cm (BXPhai19)

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Mr. Dam collector’s portrait pastel on paper 15x22cm (#BXPhai20)

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Lady’s portrait water color on paper 16x19cm (#BXPhai21)

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Folk Operetta 1 woodblock 19×12 (#BXPhai22)

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Folk Operetta 2 woodblock 19×12 (#BXPhai23)

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Folk Operetta 3 woodblock 19×12 (#BXPhai24)

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