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Nguyen Tu Nghiem passed away

The painter died of natural causes on the morning of June 15, 2016 at a hospital in Hanoi.

Nguyen Tu Nghiem, one of Vietnam’s most celebrated painters, was born in 1922 to a Confucian scholar’s family in the central province of Nghe An. He is best known for portraying traditional folk themes while not sticking to any one specific material; he created from lacquer, oil and silk to pastels, chalk and pencil.


Influenced by his two respected professors, Jospeh Inguimberty and To Ngoc Van, Nghiem was one of few rare Vietnamese artists whose works were auctioned at Christies’ and Sotheby’s.

He was awarded the Ho Chi Minh Prize in 1996.

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