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Lot 106

DANG XUAN HOA
b. Vietnam, 1959

RHAPSODY IN BLUE, 1990

Signed and dated 'HOA 1990' (lower right)
Gouache and collage on paper
55cm x 75cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.


ESTIMATE  RM 6,000 - 8,000

PRICE REALISED RM 6,720
Dang Xuan Hoa’s works often feature objects of still life like vases, bowls, fruits, flowers and sometimes animals symbolic of abundance, surrounding a figure. His interest is mainly on the elements of domestic life portrayed from his visual imagination. The haphazard placement of objects in his works and the harmony of colour represent a sense of totality, as painting for him is a process of spiritual development. The pictorial structure of his Vat cua Nguoi or Human Objects series developed since the 1990s has aroused the characteristics of his artistic approach. Devoid of human and animal figures, Rhapsody in Blue is a harmoniously composed symphony of domestic objects.

Dang Xuan Hoa graduated from Hanoi University of Fine Arts in 1983 and participated in his first group exhibition Young Painters in 1985. In 1987, he was selected as one of the young artists to exhibit at the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi. He was a member the Gang of Five, an important movement in the history of contemporary art in Vietnam of the 1990s. The group shared the affinity to combine traditional Vietnamese elements with modernity with a common goal to create works of art in the manner of Abstract Expressionism. They were also dubbed by art critics as the most promising painters of their generation. Other group members included Ha Tri Hieu, Tran Luan, Hong Viet Dung and Pham Quang Vinh. Dang Xuan Hoa was the first Vietnamese artist invited to visit the USA under the Indochina Art’s Project’s visitingartist programme sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council after the lifting of the American embargo in 1994. He has participated in over 30 national and international exhibitions in Hanoi, Cuba, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, and the United States. His paintings are held in the collection of Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi and Singapore Art Museum.


REFERENCE
Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art, Nora Annesley Taylor, University of Hawaii Press, 2004.
Vietnamese Painting From Tradition to Modernity, Les Editions d’Art et d’Histoire, ARHIS, 2003. Post Doi Moi Vietnamese Art After 1990, Singapore Museum, 2008.