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Le Pho (French/Vietnamese, 1907–2001)
LOT ID: 72498
Sunflowers, ie. circa 1990

Oil, on canvas.
37 х 29 in. (93.98 x 73.66 cm.)
Signed, in Chinese and English on the lower right of canvas.
Lot description
One of the most important and extremely desired Vietnamese Modern artists, Le Pho (Vietnamese, 1907-2001) integrated his Western influences with his Eastern background, painting semi-impressionistic still life studies. His subjects are delicately painted flowers, birds, bamboo, and figures, subjects traditionally featured in Asian paintings. "Sunflowers" (1990) exhibits the artist's influences of Parisian contemporaries and friends made during his extensive European travels, including Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, and is evidenced by his colorful gestured paint application and fragmented brush strokes. Here bright lively flowers are almost subsumed by an abstracted simplified background, enhancing a feel of momentary ephemeral beauty and life. Pho's works continue to merge cultures and traditions into a new genre of modern day painting. This painting measures 37 x 29 inches (94 x 73.7 cm) and is exquisitely framed with the Wally Findlay gallery sticker on the reverse.

Le Pho initially studied at the Ecole des Beaux-arts of Hanoi in 1930 and continued on at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. Afterwards, he lived between Vietnam and Paris and in 1938 served as a member of the jury of the International Exposition in Paris. The artist exhibited his first solo show in France and regularly exhibited at the Salon des Independents. He is exhibited throughout Europe and the US, and has works in permanent collections like the Museum d'Art Moderne in Paris, the Vietnam Museum of Modern Art, the Oklahoma Art Center, among many others.
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