Nguyen Tu Nghiem

Nguyen Tu Nghiem

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NGUYEN TU NGHIEM

(1922)

Nguyen Tu Nghiem is considered the pioneer artist in combining folkloric tradition with the modem spirit, creating a uniquely Vietnamese style.

Even when he was still a student, his teachers and peers used to admire him for his creativity, especially in his lively oil paintings on rural themes such as Grazing the Buffaloes in the Rain, The Cow at the Gate of the Pagoda and The Guardian of the Temple of literature.

Together with painter Nguyen Do Cung, he visited many temples and pagodas familiarizing himself with each statue and carving. These trips provided him with the material and inspiration for the development of his artistic language.

Nguyen Tu Nghiem was never satisfied with himself, trying to exhaust every single theme he embarked on with as many paintings as he could. Accordingly, he would pursue the same theme for many years. On the theme of ancient dancing, it took him twenty-seven years of pondering between An Ancient Dance (1956) and An Ancient Dance (1983). Moreover he managed to take Vietnamese modem painting back to the roots of the national identity with a series of folkloric pictures including The Mid- Autumn Festival (I 963), The Lion Dance (1962) and Genie Giong (1976). In no other painters can the blend of traditional culture and modernity be better felt than in Nguyen Tu Nghiem,

Born in 1922 in Nam Dan District, Nghe An Province.

Graduate a the 1941-1946 class of the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine.

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

Main works.- The Guardian of the Temple of Literature (oil, 1944), New Year’s Eve on the Bank of Restored Sword Lake (lacquer 1957), An Ancient Dance (gouache, 1983), and Genie Giong (lacquer 1976).

Ancient dance – Lacquer – 25×35 cm (#NTNghiem01)

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Saint Giong – Lacquer – 40×60 cm (#NTNghiem02)

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Lady’s portrait – pencil on paper – 35×46 cm (#NTNghiem03)

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Lady’s portrait – pencil on paper – 35×46 cm (#NTNghiem03)

Asian Dragon – gouache on paper – 24×32 cm (#NTNghiem04)

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Asian Dragon – gouache on paper – 24×32 cm (#NTNghiem04)

Two buffalo – pastel on paper – 29x21cm (#NTNghiem05)

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Three yellow cats – pastel on paper – 28×20 cm (#NTNghiem06)

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Three yellow cats – pastel on paper – 28×20 cm (#NTNghiem06)

Three Blue and black cats pastel on paper 28×20 cm (#NTNghiem07)

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Three Blue and black cats pastel on paper 28×20 cm (#NTNghiem07)