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Paintings and works of art from Vietnam

Faithful to its pioneering position on the market for early 20th century Asian painters, Aguttes will hold its 30th dedicated auction on September 30, 2021 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. For this special occasion, and in order to meet the market demand, various Vietnamese works of art will be presented in a second part.

Hanoi School of Fine Arts in the spotlight
Unmissable event for art lovers and collectors, this 30th Aguttes sale will unveil in the first part some forty paintings and sculptures by renowned artists such as Vu Cao Dam, Mai Trung Thu, Le Pho, Evariste Jonchere and Alix Ayme. The interest in these artists on the international market has been shown during previous sales organized by Charlotte Aguttes-Reynier over the past 10 years.

Kept since the early 1970s in the same family, The ceremony of is an important testament to the work of artist Mai Trung Thu. The work has been unveiled to the public by Aguttes in recent months and will be presented for sale on September 30. Mai Trung Thu is a Vietnamese painter who chose to settle permanently in France at the end of the 1930s. If her work has remained confidential for a long time, it has been brought to light for almost 10 years by the 29 sales organized by Aguttes, as evidenced by the results recorded. In 1971, the artist painted The ceremony of, a work that brings together themes that are dear to him.

A ritual governed by Confucian principles, the traditional tea ceremony is a moment of ancestral tradition of sharing and serenity. Representing the pyramidal hierarchy of family members, the artist infuses a cheerful composition with a colorful palette, making this scene an ode to the beauty of moments shared with the family.

The date of sale of September 30 does not allow the presentation of the important work of Thu in the eponymous exhibition organized by the Ursulines museum in Mâcon, Aguttes decides to devote an exhibition of more than six months to it. Thus, this allows many amateurs and collectors to come and appreciate it in their premises.

This masterful work is surrounded by a beautiful overview of the teachings of the School of Fine Arts of Indochina (EBAI) by Vu Cao Dam, Mai Thu, Le Pho.

Mai Trung Thu (1906-1980)

The ceremony of
Established in 1971
Ink and color on silk

Animated video by Mai Trung Thu The ceremony of (1971)

The painter Vu Cao Dam – a contemporary of Mai Thu – also followed the precepts of Victor Tardieu in Hanoi before choosing to settle in France before World War II.

In a magnificent early work entitled The Cult of the Ancestors (The Cult of the Ancestors), it offers us a rare representation full of respect. A ritual based on respect and honor for ancestors, this cult is at the crossroads of various influences that have enriched Vietnam. From the incense holder to the meditation posture, the artist recreates this very special atmosphere.

The strength of the work also lies in its modernity and the simplicity of the decor, the lines directing our gaze towards the incense holder and towards the rising smoke. By choosing a very large scale for a delicate technique such as silk work, the artist accompanies the gestures of young women with deep respect.

Vu Cao Dam (1908-2000)

The cult of ancestors
Established in 1942
Ink and color on silk

A flagship artist of the Indochina School of Fine Arts, Le Pho’s work is a perfect syncretism between the Asian influences of his homeland and the European influences of his adopted country, making him an exemplary ambassador of the Indochinese culture. Largely inspired by the representation of women, the artist proposes in Sewing the vision of a woman focused on her needlework. The model’s fine features and graceful gestures contribute to the homage paid to traditional scenes of everyday life.

Le Pho (1907-2001)

Ink and color on silk

Mai Trung Thu, the most politicized of the students of the first promotion of the School of Fine Arts of Indochina, stands out from his comrades by his choice of subjects. Hydrangea composition testifies to his political convictions. Classically composed of a potted flower, placed on a carved wooden cabinet, the subject is enhanced by the presence of the book Doi Song Me placed on the bottom shelf. Written by Ho Chi Minh, founder of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, this book, which could be translated as New life, enlightens the principles to be adopted by Vietnamese citizens.

Mai Trung Thu (1906-1980)

Hydrangea composition
Established in 1955
Ink and color on silk

Sculptor trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Evariste Jonchère won the Indochine Prize in 1932. This allowed him to travel through Vietnam then to teach for a year at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts d ‘ Indochina. On the death of the first director Victor Tardieu in 1937, he was chosen to succeed him. Under his leadership, the school experienced particular recognition for the Applied Arts and a strengthening of the practice of sculpture. Sewing congaie is a wonderful example of Jonchere’s talent for communicating the beauty and tranquility of Vietnamese women. Time is suspended around this young woman dressed in the traditional Ao Dai.

Evariste Jonchère (1892-1956)

Sewing congaie
Established in 1940
Bronze with green patina

A tireless traveler, Alix Ayme has traveled across Asia, taming a culture different from her own that she has endeavored to transcribe. Trained by Maurice Denis, a Nabi painter, she remembers the importance of colors from her master. In The roofs of Yunnanfou, thanks to a low angle, she superimposes on the canvas an enchanting vision of Indochina. The colorful palette surrounded by black marvelously transcribes the beauty and animation of the country.

Alix Aymé (1894-1989)

The roofs of Yunnanfou
Oil and canvas

Mai Trung Thu was sensitive to the beauty of the women of her country, devoting much of her work to them. From maternity scenes to jeweled sisters and young girls, women are a favorite theme for the artist. In The sleep, Mai Trung Thu offers the vision of a more sensual silhouette. Asleep lasciviously on an embroidered cushion, he takes up the Asian canons. Produced in the artist’s last years, this work testifies to his attachment to the female model, an infinite source of inspiration.

Mai Trung Thu (1906-1980)

The sleep
Ink and color on silk

Horsewoman is a remarkable synthesis of the work of Vu Cao Dam in the 1960s. Created in 1963, this painting brings together the artist’s most emblematic sources of inspiration. Composed of two riders, Vu Cao Dam recalls the strong symbolism surrounding horses in Asia. Evoking prestige but also power, they have been repeatedly represented by the artist. The human figure, whether female or male, is also an inseparable subject of the master’s art. Their long silhouettes gracefully wear the traditional Vietnamese dress while their slightly rounded faces are full of softness.

Vu Cao Dam (1908-2000)

Established in 1963
Oil on canvas

Marked by the precepts of his Western education, Luong Xuan Nhi excels in the representation of a traditional Vietnam. The knitting scene offers a sensitive look at everyday life where women occupy a central place. With a fine and delicate line, the artist sublimates this young woman sitting on her knees, barefoot, knitting peacefully. The elegance of her ao dai, the gold necklace and her delicate hairstyle testify to her social status. His modest smile, similar to that of Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa, and her finely made-up eyes highlight the model’s natural beauty.

The soft tones contribute to the delicacy of the composition. If the artist gives us a rare testimony of the daily life of Vietnam in the 1940s, it is above all an ode to the women of his country which is embodied under his talented brush. His dexterity won him the gold medal at the exhibition of the Annamite Society, for the encouragement of art and industry in Hanoi in 1936.

Luong Xuan Nhi (1913-2006)

Established in 1941
Ink and color on silk

Vietnam art works

The second part of the sale will be devoted to Vietnamese works of art with nearly 170 lots up for auction.

The highlight of this second part, a wooden screen from the 18th to the 19th century, is likely to surprise, according to Johanna Blancard de Lery, head of the Asian Art department. This is an unusual lot, both in terms of the provenance of each plate and the rarity of the subjects.

Estimated between 40,000 and 60,000 euros, this piece presents a decoration of rushes, reeds, grasshoppers and lotus flowers in full bloom on these three carved wooden doors. Integrated in the doors, 14 blue-white porcelain plates recount mythical legends of Vietnamese culture. Some of the plaques are Imperial Orders and can be identified by the four and six character marks, such as “Noi Phu Thi Trung” or “dai minh thanh hoa nien che”.

Screen with three doors in carved wood inlaid with 14 blue-white porcelain plates | Vietnam

Created in the 18th-19th century

  • Private collection, Normandy

Aguttes, pioneer in the specialized field of Asian artists, and leading auction house in Europe in this market

A pioneer in the very specialized sector of Asian artists, and in particular those who came to France at the beginning of the 20th century, the expert Charlotte Aguttes-Reynier has been committed for several years to offering four annual sales in France for major international collectors. . who follow her faithfully. The succession of international records clearly attests to the seriousness and quality of these sales.

Over the past few years, auctioneer Claude Aguttes has masterfully assembled high auctions totaling nearly 18.5 million euros including tax for four paintings by Chinese artist Sanyu and excellent auctions for the Hanoi School of Fine Arts. Aguttes has presented more than 90 works by Le Pho, more than 60 works by Vu Cao Dam, more than 60 Mai Trung Thu… and has also obtained numerous world records. These results lead Aguttes to obtain the 1st position in Europe on this particular market.

Among the signatures sought after by Asian collectors, and which Aguttes defends with passion, including Le Pho, Nam Son, Alix Ayme, Le Thy, Vu Cao Dam, Mai Trung Thu, Inguimberty, Nguyen Phan Chanh, Nguyen Tien Chung, Tran Phuc Duyen, Le Thi Luu, Raden Saleh, Sanyu, Lin Fengmian, Pan Yuliang … and also all the artists from the Schools of Fine Arts in these regions of Asia.

Buyers from Hong Kong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and Taiwan are very active during Aguttes sales, which are expected events by the world market. Charlotte Aguttes-Reynier, expert in Asian painters, is delighted to see that these painters from China, Vietnam and Japan are finally enjoying the deserved recognition of the art world.

“I am very sensitive to the finesse, the talent and the quality of the work of these artists, as well as their history. Noting that a number of them have remained unknown to the Western public, I endeavor from 2014 to highlight them here in Paris, the city where most of them have come to perfect their artistic training. My job is therefore to pay tribute to them and to promote their work in Paris.
Charlotte Aguttes-Reynier

Paintings and works of art from Vietnam
September 30, 2021 (Thursday) | 2:30 p.m. (local Paris time)
Aguttes – 164 Bis Avenue Charles-de-Gaulle – Neuilly-sur-Seine

Private tours by appointment from September 13 to 29 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.)
Aguttes Neuilly

Asian expert painters: Charlotte Aguttes-Reynier
[email protected] – +33 1 41 92 06 49
More information on the department

Head of Asian Arts Department: Johanna Blancard de Lery
[email protected] – +33 1 47 45 00 90
More information on the department


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