Tran Van Canartist's profile
TRAN VAN CAN
Born in 1910
Graduated from the Ecole Superieure des Beaux- Arts d’Indochine in 1936.
Member of the (clandestine) Cultureal Association for National Salvation before the 1945 August Revolution.
Took part in the two resistance wars against French and US aggression.
Director of the Hanoi Fine Arts College from 1995 to 1964
President of the Vietnam Association of Plastic Arts Workers in 1983
Works are in the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum.
Died in 1994.
Born into a poor intellectual family, he graduated from the Indochinese College of Fine Arts in 1936. Opposed to colonialist conceptions held by the director of this college, he refused an official appointment to live on his art, He worked in the Cultural Association for National Salvation before the 1945 August Revolution. He actively took part in the two resistance wars for national independence and national art. He was director of the Vietnam College of Fine Arts (1955 – 64), and in 1983 President of the Vietnam Association of Plastic Artists. Tran Van Can excels in all genres: lacquer, oil wood_engraving, silk and etc. His decorative art springs spontaneously from realism and emotion while his grace and freshness bathe in lyrism. He is considered one of the pioneers of modern Vietnamese lacquer. Open to foreign influence as he is, he remains firmly Vietnamese