The French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Academy of the Far East (EFEO) are introducing the Vietnamese folk paintings – triptych in Hanoi from January 13 to February 28.
The exhibition aims to give visitors a fresh look into the physical civilisation of Vietnamese people in the 20 th century as well as their daily life via 15 outstanding images selected from Technique du Peuple Annamite (Mechanics and Craft of the Annamites) by Henri Oger (1908) and Imagerie Populaire Vietnamienne (Vietnamese Folk Painting) by Maurice Durand (1960).
The event also showcases unpublished wood engravings illustrating Luc Van Tien (The Tale of Luc Van Tien), an epic poem by Nguyen Dinh Chieu written in nom (the old Chinese-based Vietnamese script).
The engravings were carved at the end of the 19th century by a Hue-based artist hired to illustrate the poem. Intended as drafts for those illustrations, they stand out as art in their own right.
The paintings made it into a 300-page book, given to the EFEO in 1899 and rediscovered two years ago.-VNA