- Museum number
- Series: Triptych of the border
Pencil drawing on laid machine-made paper, showing a panoramic view of the border at Cua Tung (on three separate sheets of paper). The sketch shows an encampment of one-storey buildings beside the water among banana and other trees. Different types of boats, from high-fronted gondolier-style craft to single-masted sailing vessels, pepper the shore. Signed, dated and inscribed.
- Production date
- 25 May 1961
Height: 25 centimetres (each)
Width: 31.50 centimetres (each)
- Curator's comments
- Harrison-Hall, 2002:
Cua Tung is situated just north of the mouth of the Ben Hai River, demarkation line between 1954 and 1975 for North and South Vietnam.Vietnam's last emperor Bao Dai used to make holiday trips to Cua Tung's sandy beach.
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. He left the army in 1954 to resume his studies, joining the Fine Arts College, Hanoi, from 1955. 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.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: American-Vietnam War
- Acquisition date
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