Exhibition on noted painter Bùi Xuân Phái opens in Hà Nội
thamnguyen99 16-12-2020, 12:14
Exhibition on noted painter Bùi Xuân Phái opens in Hà Nội
A painting of Bui Xuan Phai by Văn Dương Thanh is on display at an exhibition to celebrate his 100th anniversary.

HÀ NỘI Fine art lovers have a chance to see the works of prominent painter Bui Xuan Phai and corners of Ha Noi’s Old Quarter in an exhibition in the capital city.

Artist Văn Dương Thanh and her students have launched the exhibit of 100 paintings at the Viet Nam National Fine Art Museum to mark what would have been the late Phai’s 100th birthday.

Their works show Phai from artists’ points of view. They will also see his beloved house in Thuốc Bắc Street where he was born as well as familiar corners in the Old Quarter such as Ô Quan Chưởng Gate, Phất Loc Alley and the Turtle Tower in Hoan Kiếm Lake.

Artists also guided people throughout Ha Noi, admiring the city’s famous destinations such as the Temple of Literature, Trấn Quốc Pagoda and the Quan Thanh Temple, and showing beauty of the city’s landscape.

“Phai made a strong influence on my style. His thoughts lifted me up and played a key role in my career,” said Thanh, who has had paintings exhibited in 15 international museums.

Thanh was well known as a favourite model in Phai’s career as he painted more than 300 pictures of her during their 21-year relationship.

She has transmitted her love to her students who she said had no idea about the great painter but saw that Phai’s portraits were beautiful and soulful.

Trần Khanh Linh (left) has her first time exhibited her paintings on Bui Xuan Phai at the National Fine Arts Museum. Photo of Trang Trịnh

“My young generation has no chance to meet Phai. So to paint his portraits I have to read references and documents to know him,” said Trần Khanh Linh.

“The more I read about him, the more I admire and try to draw him perfectly. Phai lived in the period of difficulties and his life was not easy too but I found peace in his works and his love for painting and Ha Noi was always strong and inspiring,” said Linh, the top ice-skating athlete of Viet Nam.

Apart from the exhibition, the artists held a painting workshop for children with autism and disabilities on Monday at the museum.

“They are underprivileged students and face with many difficulties in life. I hope that my contribution will help them know about drawing and make their first touch with fine arts,” said Linh.

Phai (1920-1988) is considered one of the most important Vietnamese painters of the 20th century, who immortalised the corners of the capital’s Old Quarter. He significantly influenced the development of art in Viet Nam.

An annual award honouring the contributions of individuals and organisations to society, culture and the arts in Ha Noi has been named Bui Xuan Phai since 2008.

The exhibition will open till December 21.  

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/828759/exhibition-on-noted-painter-bui-xuan-phai-opens-in-ha-noi.html

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