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Nguyen Thanh Binh (Vietnamese, b.1954)
LOT ID: 82081
School Girls, ie. circa 2010

Oil, on canvas.
39.37 х 51.18 in. (100 x 130 cm.)
Signed, on the upper right corner.
Lot description
"School Girls" is a most exquisitely poetic oil painting by famed Vietnamese artist, Nguyen Thanh Binh. This painting is a rare, dynamic work from his oeuvre, as here beautiful Vietnamese young women are shown gathering together. One woman in the foreground wears a brilliant full-length pink tunic, a color the artist typically uses very sparingly. This ample use of crimson hues adds a sense of movement and stands in vivid contrast to the brilliant white of the women's wide-brimmed hats and dresses, their long black hair bold against the monochromatic taupe background. "School Girls" is a brilliant example of the artist's ability to make figures out of any real context the visual focus, with the negative space that surrounds these three women used to redirect attention towards them, as well as add harmony and tranquility to the overall composition. This painting measures 39.37 x 51.18 inches, is framed with slightly larger dimensions, and comes with a formal certificate of authenticity. Please note that the artist does not date his work.

Nguyen Thanh Binh (Vietnam, b. 1954) is famous for his paintings of individuals from his native Vietnam that capture a specific emotional moment in time, either experienced alone or in groups. His inherent stylistic theme is to present the figures usually dressed in whites and soft colors against simple backgrounds, creating compositions that are peaceful, thoughtful, sophisticated and harmonious. His paintings of women and young children usually painted in a monochrome palette of whites and taupe, are his most sought-after internationally. Nguyen Thanh Binh is one of the most well-known Vietnamese painters working today and has exhibited in Museums and Galleries internationally.
School Girls by Nguyen Thanh Binh
  • School Girls by Nguyen Thanh Binh
  • School Girls by Nguyen Thanh Binh
  • School Girls by Nguyen Thanh Binh
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