Nguyen Thu, a painting

Vietnam, signed and dated, 1966

Life during wartime

This scene shows six nurses walking in line down a street towards traffic lights, watched by children. The women can be identified as nurses by their blue uniforms, caps and red cross arm bands. They carry medical supplies in their backpacks and carbines slung over their shoulders; The painting was made a year after the beginning of the American-Vietnam War (1965-75). The street is paved and lined with trees, suggesting that this is the capital, Hanoi.

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Nguyen Thu, a painting

© 2002 Nguyen Thu

  • Map of Vietnam

    Map of Vietnam


More information


J. Harrison-Hall, Vietnam Behind the Lines: Imag (London, British Museum Press, 2002)


Height: 275.000 mm (each)
Width: 390.000 mm
Width: 390.000 mm

Museum number

Asia OA 1999.6-30.070 a-b



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