Le Thi Luu
“The expression of emotion is accentuated by the softness of the lines and colours.” ”
Le Thi Luu was a painter of Vietnamese origin. She was one of the few female students at the Indochina School of Fine Arts, and was based in Hanoi as well as being the first to pursue a career as a professional painter. Le Thi Luu was one of the women who managed to free herself from the repressive Confucianism still very prevalent in the 1930s.
She was one the famous Vietnamese quartet (alongside the painters Mai Trung Thu, Le Pho and Vu Cao Dam) who settled in France in the late 1930s.
She was particularly fond of themes involving women and children.
Her style is somewhat classical, but the expression of emotions is accentuated by the softness of the lines and colours. Her work testifies to the birth of Vietnamese modernism. Victor Tardieu, director of the Indochina School of Fine Arts even compared the style of Le Thi Luu to that of Paul Cézanne.
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