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Offline Qu Đơn

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He is one of my favorite lacquer painters and I have searched auction results for his work, as well as those by other favorite Vietnamese artists, and notice a huge price appreciation over the years.  Most of it is driven by Chinese buyers in Hong Kong and Singapore.  Now is still a good time to gobble up great works before Vietnam´s leisure class turn their eyes on cultural artifacts.  Nowadays, they just want mass produced Ferrari and Hermes to feed an illusion of exclusivity.   I found this documentary on the artist that is well worth watching.  His pieces display great colors and go well in any interior with a neutral tone.  A fine Vietnamese dining room should have at least one quality lacquer painting on display.


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Re: The Lacquer Painting Masterpieces of Nguyên Gia Trí (1908-1993)
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2017, 01:43:43 PM »
cool!

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Re: The Lacquer Painting Masterpieces of Nguyên Gia Trí (1908-1993)
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2017, 04:40:18 PM »
cultural products like paintings (especially those executed with skills and originality) seem like the main luxury products in Vietnam worth buying.  All the other stuff is too run of the mill. 

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Re: The Lacquer Painting Masterpieces of Nguyên Gia Trí (1908-1993)
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 08:11:19 PM »
I think vnmese art is underappreciated. If you're a collector can find nice bargains.

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Re: The Lacquer Painting Masterpieces of Nguyên Gia Trí (1908-1993)
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 11:09:31 PM »


Most well known Vietnamese works are now finding their ways to private collectors and museums.  Vietnamese lacquer paintings command huge prices, because Vietnamese artists were the first Asians to really experiment with this medium during the 1920s beyond traditional themes. 

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/nguyen-gia-tri-5567119-details.aspx

This painting went for $150,000 in 2012 when the work is done in the 1980s, relatively late in Nguyen Gia Tri´s career.  His earlier works are going to be highly prized when they surface.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.298.html/2017/modern-contemporary-southeast-asian-art-hk0738

This one went for $311,000 US dollars in 2011 at Hong Kong Sotheby´s auctions.  There are still a lot of great works in Vietnam not up on the market.  I think from 2020-2030 there is going to be a bidding frenzy.  Most of the great works are still affordable around $5000 to $10,000.  Vietnamese fine arts, and I am not saying this because I am Vietnamese, are truly the best in Southeast Asia if not the whole of Asia.  The only country in Southeast Asia that comes close is Thailand but thai artists did not have the same education and exposure that Vietnamese artists had.  When the L'École des beaux-arts du Viêt Nam first opened in Hanoi in 1925 only the richest Vietnamese kids from pedigreed family enrolled.  These kids had the means to go to France, which at that time was the art capital of the world, to learn the latest trends and refine their techniques.  When the other Asians, especially the Japanese, were industrializing for war we had Vietnamese artists industrializing for peace.  Perhaps, artistic industrialization is the only industrialization which started in Vietnam before any other Southeast Asian countries. 

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Re: The Lacquer Painting Masterpieces of Nguyên Gia Trí (1908-1993)
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 07:09:09 AM »
I can't say how vn paintings compared to the rest of asia since I haven't seen them. But I think compared to western art it is on par. I think there's a level of sophistication combined with vn unique cultural interpretation makes it very sophisticated.

I posted something a while back on VR about some vnmese artists I happened to see on vn online news. I think there was some pieces that sold in HK for equivalent of $100K dollars. So yeah, I think it's getting recognition. I was thinking of some older vn artist friend of the family Be Ky and Ho thanh Duc whose works I like but didn't command much money.

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Re: The Lacquer Painting Masterpieces of Nguyên Gia Trí (1908-1993)
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2017, 11:07:15 AM »
The main problem that prevents Vietnamese fine art to go big is the amount of fakes done by the artists´extended family.  Most works rely heavily on provenance but if they can´t trust the family then the artist´s legacy will be destroyed as well.

 
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