... First of two great postcards... this is one of the most outstanding works of Mai Trung Thu expressing the classic beauty of Hue's ladies... the most notable are the lively dreaming eyes... the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum has one of the best and most diverse art collections in the country... a visit here will provide some good insight into Vietnamese culture and history....Thanks a lot Jobbo!!【ツ】
The museum is set in a three-storey, 1930s-era building, originally ordered built by the French to house the daughters of the colonial elite.
After a renovation in the 1960s, during which some traditional architectural elements of Vietnamese communal houses were added, the museum was opened in 1966.
Mai Trung Thứ was a Vietnamese-French painter. He lived and worked mostly in France. His main subjects were women, children and daily life, incorporating some traditional Vietnamese conceptions about fine arts and folk arts. All his work, apart from a few oil paintings, is silk painting with gouache, by rubbing and colours applied as solids.
Oil on canvas painted in 1934.