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- Object: painting
Painting, designed for a political poster, made of poster paint on machine-made paper. It portrays Ho Chi Minh standing behind a small girl and boy. Signed, dated and inscribed with a political slogan.
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Height: 99.50 centimetres
Width: 68 centimetres
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The boy is wearing costume of minority people in the north which probably refers to the politics of unifying Vietnam. The red scarves indicate the Children are members of the Communist League for children under 15.
Ho Chi Minh died of a massive heart attack on National Independence Day, 2 September 1969, the year this poster was made. Consequently he is portrayed here in spirit with two school children. Ho deliberately chose high-collared buttoned jackets in preference to either a modern Western-style suit or the traditional black tunic and turban of a member of the Vietnamese literati. Although this attire originated among colonial administrators in Asia, from the early 1920s in China it had taken on a revolutionary symbolism. The poster's palette is also redolent of contemporary Chinese Cultural Revolution posters showing Mao Zedong with pupils.
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, and he also assisted with the production of a newspaper for the Resistance movement's political section, illustrating books and newspapers. 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.
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- Associated Event: American-Vietnam War
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