LÊ THI LUU (1911-1988) School of Fine Arts... - Lot 182 - Lynda Trouvé

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LÊ THI LUU (1911-1988) School of Fine Arts... - Lot 182 - Lynda Trouvé
LÊ THI LUU (1911-1988) School of Fine Arts of Indochina. Class of 1932. The Maternity Hospital Painting on framed silk, signed lower right. Size (at sight) : 54x44,5 cm. Provenance : in a French family since its acquisition in 1978 from the art gallery " Le Lys de Provence " in Saint-Paul de Vence. Lê Thi Luu was born in the province of Bac Ninh, north of Hanoi. A specialist in female portraiture, she is the first Vietnamese woman to pursue a career as a professional painter in a rigid Confucian society where women have little place in the world of art. Lê Thi Luu comes from a cultivated family environment. She succeeded in convincing her family to go and study at the Indochina School of Fine Arts. Winner of the entrance examination in 1927, at only 16 years old, she graduated in 1932. Married in 1934 and in parallel to her activity as a press illustrator, she taught painting at the Gia Dinh School of Applied Arts, then at the Hanoi Protectorate High School until 1939. In 1940, she followed her husband to Paris where the breakdown of maritime communications (from May 1941 to October 1945) between France and Indochina prevented them from returning. With Mai Thu, Lê Pho and Vu Cao Dam, she was one of the four Vietnamese artists who remained in France to pursue a career in Paris. From 1946 onwards, she specialized in portraiture - a field in which she excelled - and particularly in female representation. Admiring Auguste Renoir and Pierre Bonnard, she moves towards a very luminous chromatic palette underlined by small touches of bright and dominant colours. In a career spanning almost 50 years, Lê Thi Luu has left only a small number of paintings ures, sometimes in oil, but mainly silk paintings, often small formats. After his death in 1988, some of his works were entrusted by his family to the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts. Lot presented by the auction house "De Baecque & Associés
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