Le Van De
Ben Tre province has seen the birth of many major artists such as Le Pho, Mai Thu, Vu Cao Dam and Le Van De. In 1925, they all joined the Indochina School of Fine Arts’ first year. And like some of his contemporaries, he went to the 1931 colonial exhibition in Paris.
Faithful to the Catholic education he received from his parents, he visited Rome to participate in an exhibition based on the Catholic world, where he won first prize. This was one of his first public achievements in Europe.
In 1939, he returned to live permanently in his native land and, as its director, helped develop the School of Fine Arts, now known as the Saigon or Hanoi School of Fine Arts. He drew his inspiration almost exclusively from Vietnamese and Chinese tradition. His teaching was strongly influenced by this, and he very much gave precedence to the ancestral artistic traditions of his country. He excelled in the art of silk painting, characterised by his light and airy touch.
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