Painting by Le Pho sold for $1.1 million at Hong Kong auction
The masterpiece Jeune femme attachant son foulard (Young Lady Tying Her Scarf) by renowned painter Le Pho was sold for 1.1 million USD at a Hong Kong auction on May 24.
Vietnamese paintings put up for auction at the 20th and 21st Century Art Evening Sale of Christie’s Hong Kong
The ink and gouache on silk artwork fetched the highest bid among four works by Vietnamese painters put up for auction at the 20th and 21st Century Art Evening Sale of Christie’s Hong Kong.
It features of the lady’s diaphanous face, her headdress, her black Ao Dai, the white veil, the abundant vegetation, all set in a mountainous landscape of Tonkin, are expressed here with real originality, Christie’s Hong Kong said on its website.
The auction house described the Young Lady Tying Her Scarf as a driving force through Le Pho’s life and a gift of an endless source of inspiration.
The painting is clearly an extraordinary work – a milestone in the master’s creation which uses at the highest level all the same classical elements usually found in all of Le Pho’s paintings at that time.
"Young Lady Tying Her Scarf " was sold for 1.1 million USD. (Photo: christies.com)
Other artworks, namely Les Teinturieres (Dyers at Work) by Nguyen Phan Chanh, Le Bol Bleu (Blue Bowl) by Le Pho, and La Joconde (Mona Lisa) by Mai Trung Thu, gained 563,000 USD, 354,000 USD and over 724,000 USD, respectively.
Le Pho (1907-2001) was a talented painter with a wide range of million-USD artworks. In May 2019, his “Nude” was sold at 1.4 million USD in Hong Kong./.VNA
The painting "Madame Phuong" by painter Mai Trung Thu recently sold for US$3.1 million, a high point in Vietnam’s cultural life.