Two Boys Playing the Flute

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Apesteguy, Deauville
    Private Collection, France (acquired from the above in the 1960s)
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mai Thu offers his collectors a visual poetry of his homeland through his ‘occidentalised’ version of Vietnamese art. The portrayal of women or children in a peaceful domestic setting is a recurring motif in Mai Thu’s oeuvre. Two musicians encapsulates the tender moment of two boys playing a flute. The painting is made up of ink and gouache on silk – a technique originating from École des Beaux Arts d’Indochine, devised to apply European techniques whilst utilising local materials. Mai Thu favoured this medium as ink allowed for a precision of line, demonstrated in the outlines and the many folds in the boys’ clothing.

    Two Boys Playing the Flute is from a sought after period as it was created after Mai Thu had ample time to refine his technique having settled in France for over a decade. This sweet depiction of a familiar scene is tinged with a nostalgic vision of his homeland, which Mai Thu generously shares with his collectors.

  • Catalogue Essay

    梅忠恕透過西方視覺語境的越南藝術為藏家展現其故鄉的視覺詩意。於靜謐的家居環境下描繪女性或者孩童是梅忠恕作品中反覆出現的主題。作品中捕捉兩名吹笛男孩的一刻溫情時光。畫作由水墨與水粉於絹本上繪製而成——此技法源自河內美術學院,在採用本地媒材的同時運用西方技法。梅忠恕鐘情於此種媒材,因為墨水繪製線條精準,正如男孩的輪廓和衣服上的精細褶皺所示。

    《兩名吹笛男孩》創作於藝術家廣受歡迎的時期,彼時梅忠恕已移居法國逾十年,擁有充足時間精練繪畫技巧。這幅對熟悉場景的甜美描繪略帶一絲對祖國的鄉愁,於此梅忠恕坦然地與藏家分享此種情愫。

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Two Boys Playing the Flute

1959
signed with one seal of the artist and dated 'MAI THU 1959' lower right
colour on silk laid down on cardboard
18 x 24 cm. (7 1/8 x 9 1/2 in.)
Executed in 1959.

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 150,000 
€11,400-17,100
$12,800-19,200

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Isaure de Viel Castel
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Charlotte Raybaud
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 May 2019