4. Tran Van Can (1910 – 1994) – A famous Vietnamese artist

As the 4th person in the list of “Four Forests” of Vietnamese painting, Tran Van Can has contributed to the country’s fine arts typical works of high artistic value and rich in humanity. He used to be General Secretary of Vietnam Fine Arts Association. He is a person who has many contributions to the movement and direction of Vietnam Culture. “Sister Thuy” is an oil painting composed by Tran Van Can in 1944. It can be said that this is the peak of art in Tran Van Can’s career and also Vietnamese art. With a sincere and gentle expression, the boy left an impression on viewers with his innocent beauty.

Art style: He is one of the few artists who have experimented on a variety of materials and genres. He also turned lacquer into a famous painting material that brings the artistry to Vietnamese painting.

Tran Van Can A famous Vietnamese artist

Famous paintings: Little sister Thuy; Irrigation; Washing hair. bui xuan phai paintings

5. Nguyen Tu Nghiem (1922 – 2016) – A famous painter of lacquer painting, oil painting & pigments

He is the last Vietnamese artist in the quartet Phai, Sang, Lien, Nghiem. He was awarded the Ho Chi Minh Prize for fine arts in 1996. He is also one of the few artists to have his own museum. Art critics at that time thought that Nguyen Tu Nghiem’s ​​paintings had a combination of modern style with traditional ideas, thus creating its own identity.

artist Nguyen Tu Nghiem

Art style: Lines, colors, rhythm are always stylized based on patterns of Dong Son bronze drums, Ly Tran pottery, pagoda architecture, traditional dance, … Modern, stylized but still evokes ethnic beliefs and cultures in Southeast Asia.

Nguyen Tu Nghiem A famous Vietnamese painter

Famous paintings: Stream by Hoan Kiem Lake; 12 zodiac animals; Ancient dances.

6. Bui Xuan Phai (1920 – 1988) – A famous Vietnamese painter of oil painting

Bui Xuan Phai is the most famous painter in Vietnam with a line of street paintings, especially the old town. His paintings are antiques but very authentic, showing the soul of Hanoi’s Old Quarter in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. He used bold contours for the color array in his paintings, making the picture deep. from surface to landscape. In addition to the old town, he also enjoyed success in other subjects such as the traditional operetta; portrait, countryside, nude, … Many works by Bui Xuan Phai have been awarded at the Capital exhibitions and nationwide.


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