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- Object: painting
Black ink and wash painting on machine-made paper, showing a group of Vietnamese children in simple thatched dwellings built on stilts. Signed and dated.
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Height: 25 centimetres
Width: 39 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Harrison-Hall, 2002:
Many south-east Asians live alongside rivers which flood regularly, and homes of this type, constructed from bamboo, mud and straw, allow the free flow of water beneath. Animals can be sheltered under the houses and the area can also be used for storage and shade from the sun.
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.
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.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2002 13 Jun - 8 Dec, BM/OAII, Vietnam Behind The Lines. Images from the War (1965-1975)
- Associated events
- Associated Event: American-Vietnam War
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