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  • Title (object)

    • painting
  • Description

    Black ink and wash painting on machine-made paper, showing two soldiers lighting a cigarette with junks sailing in the background. Both soldiers are wearing camouflaged capes and the characteristic Russian-design round helmet of the North Vietnamese army. Signed, dated and inscribed.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1965
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 39 centimetres
    • Height: 27.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

        Quoc Ngu
      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Translation

        Inscribed with what appears to be a place name, 'Mui Chun'.
      • Inscription Type

        signature and date
      • Inscription Script

        Quoc Ngu
      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Translation

        Signed by Nguyen Thu; dated 1969.
  • Curator's comments

    Harrison-Hall, 2002:
    During the war the average Vietnamese soldier stood 1.52 metres (5 feet) tall and weighed just over 40 kilograms (672 stone/90 lb). Here, as in many of the images, their size is exaggerated by the artist.

    Nguyen Thu (b. 1930, Hanoi) joined the army in 1946 as a cadet, when the National Resistance was officially declared. He had a natural artistic talent which he utilized to produce propaganda posters and drawings. During the period of resistance against the French, Nguyen Thu created several notable works which were officially acclaimed and he subsequently won several prizes. During the war against America he often took his students to record the activities in the countryside, painting and drawing not only the army but also every-day subjects such as industry and agriculture. He has exhibited internationally, including in London and at the Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, and the Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, and is widely collected.


  • Bibliography

    • Harrison-Hall 2002 3:2 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    2002 13 Jun - 8 Dec, BM/OAII, Vietnam Behind The Lines. Images from the War (1965-1975)

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  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: American-Vietnam War
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COMPASS Title: Nguyen Thu, a drawing;Nguyen Thu (born 1930)


COMPASS Title: Nguyen Thu, a drawing;Nguyen Thu (born 1930)

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