This modern Vietnamese painting, by a well-recognized artist, Le Pho, really appealed to me, reminding me of Hong Kong Harbor and the enjoyable times I visited. I love the use of color for the junk and other boat, with a wonderful aesthetically pleasing somewhat undefined buildings in the background. It is interesting how similar early backgrounds seem to be the "norm" for the 20th Century artists that I really like, such as Efimov; that being born in one country and emigrating to another, with the artistry getting better and better. PLEASE NOTE: A painting (24"by 18") by LePho was just sold by Christies for $22,687. I expect this is the start of skyrocketing of his prices, very well-deserved in my opinion. As is the case with so many of my offerings, the price is raised with time as the items appreciate in value.
Size: 10 1/4 inches tall.
Signed: Lower Left "Lepho"
Circa: mid 20th Century.
Condition: The painting itself is in Good Condition. The matting shows age and water damage. The frame is Good Condition. We would be happy to replace the mat.
ABOUT THE ARTIST;
Born in Vietnam in 1907, Le Pho was in the first class of artists that graduated from the Ecole des Beaux Art de l'Indochine in Hanoi. He was a son of a senior mandarin, and received a comprehensive education, including training in brush training. At the age of 18 Le Pho went on to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Hanoi for five years. Afterwards for two years he then studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
After completing his education, Le Pho returned to Vietnam to teach at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts for four years. Then in 1937 he returned to Paris as a delegate in the International Exposition there. He also served as a member of the jury of this exposition. He stayed in Paris. He married, and lived out his life there, although still travelling extensively in Asia and Europe. At this time Le Pho painted with long, thin brushes of watercolor on silk. His subjects, including birds, bamboo, and lotus flowers were traditionally Asian.
For the rest of his life Le Pho was a recognized and well-appreciated artist, represented in many exhibitions and shows throughout Europe and the United States.
Le Pho died in 2001. His works are in the permanent collections of Museum d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Vietnam Museum of Modern Art, and the Oklahoma Art Center.
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