Vietnamese fine arts industry has many artists who are not only famous domestically but also worldwide. Below is information on eight of the most famous Vietnamese painters that provide readers with insight into Vietnamese painting.

1. Nguyen Gia Tri (1908 – 1993) – A famous Vietnamese lacquer artist

The most famous Vietnamese painter Nguyen Gia Tri (1908 – 1993) is one of the pioneers in creating a new artistic trend for Vietnamese painting. He graduated from Indochina Fine Arts College in 1936 and is considered “the father of modern lacquer painting in Vietnam”. He is also a cartoonist on political and social affairs.

Nguyen Tuong Lan Paintings painting famous vietnamese artists

Artistic style: He combines engraving with new lacquer methods. Moreover, he also applied the principles of Western painting to create a modern painting but still retains national characteristics.

Painting Nguyen Gia Tri – famous Vietnamese painter

Famous paintings: The girl in the garden; Spring gardens of the North, Central and South; Young woman in federal rose party.

2. To Ngoc Van (1906 – 1954) – The first artist to use oil painting materials in Vietnam

To Ngoc Van is the pride of Vietnamese painting, he is also named for a street in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He has contributed to the Vietnamese art industry with unique international-class works. Masterpiece “The girl with lilies” was composed by To Ngoc Van in 1943 while he was teaching at the Indochina Fine Arts College. The painting depicts a young woman in an ao dai, tilting her head gracefully by a vase of white lilies. This is considered the most typical painting in To Ngoc Van’s career as well as the Vietnamese art scene in the early 20th century.

Artistic style: To Ngoc Van has been successful in using oil paints in Vietnam. He tried to show the graceful beauty of contemporary Vietnamese people, especially through portraits of young women.

To Ngoc Van Vietnamese Artist

Famous paintings: The Girl with the Lilies, The Girl by the Lotus, Two Girls and a Baby.

3. Nguyen Tuong Lan (1906 – 1946) – One of the most influential painters in Vietnam

He is one of the “Four Masters” of Vietnamese modern art together with Nguyen Gia Tri, To Ngoc Van, Tran Van Can. After graduating from the Indochina Fine Arts College, he opened his own studio in Hanoi. He is considered to be one of the few contemporary artists capable of bringing pure color into a fictitious, symbolic and graceful harmony, even with silk paintings. Since the 1940s, with a liberal rhythm in his drawings, Nguyen Tuong Lan soon broke the rules to pursue abstract art.


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