La Rose Rouge (J. femme à l’écharpe) [The Red Rose (Young Lady with Scarf)]

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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 was among the first cohort to graduate from the École des Beaux Arts d’Indochine. As a result of his Western art education and having made France his home from 1937, Mai Thu melds Western aesthetics into his vignettes of Vietnam’s upper class; through the depiction of figures reminiscent of classical Western portraiture, yet tinged with a Vietnamese content. The strong Vietnamese pictorial identity is also the result of remaining faithful to one medium - gouache and ink on silk - as demonstrated in this portrait.

    The present work engages the viewer with the serenity and sensual delight of a woman dressed in a traditional áo dài. The pious figure set against the neutral background accentuates the burst of intense colour that emanates from rose. The precision of black ink defines her facial features from the soft tone of the delicate moment, while the translucent scarf framing her face permeates an ethereal glow, insinuating her other-worldliness as a paragon of Confucian morality.

  • Catalogue Essay

    梅忠恕是首屆畢業於河內美術學院的學生之一。接受西方藝術教育並於1937年移居法國,梅忠恕將西方藝術審美融入他對於越南上流社會的刻畫之中;透過描繪人物形象,引人聯繫起西方古典肖像畫,卻又在內容上融合越南氣息。堅持運用水墨與水粉於絹本之上,營造出強烈的越南視覺形象,正如此幅肖像畫所示。

    本件拍品描繪一位衣著傳統越南國服的女子,給觀者提供寧靜而愉悅的感官享受。虔誠的人物繪製於中性的背景之上,強調了紅玫瑰發散而出的噴湧濃郁色彩。黑色墨水於這個微妙時刻的柔和色調中精確地勾勒出她的面部特徵,而半透明的披巾圍繞著她的臉龐,散發出若隱若現的光芒,隱隱透露出她作為儒家道德模範的超凡脫俗。

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La Rose Rouge (J. femme à l’écharpe) [The Red Rose (Young Lady with Scarf)]

1959
signed with one seal of the artist and dated 'MAI THU 1959' lower right
colour on silk laid down on cardboard
46 x 35.5 cm. (18 1/8 x 13 7/8 in.)
Executed in 1959.

Estimate
HK$220,000 - 320,000 
€25,000-36,400
$28,200-41,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 May 2019