26.05.2021, 14:45

Artworks by celebrated Vietnamese painters snapped up at auction


Artworks by celebrated Vietnamese painters snapped up at auction
La Joconde (Mona Lisa, 1974) by Mai Trung Thu. — Photos christies.com

Art researcher and collector Lý Đợi said: “While the La Joconde by Leonardo da Vinci features a background of the landscape of the Umbria and Tuscany region in Italy – as art historian Angelo Conti made out, the uniqueness of the one by Mai Trung Thu is that the landscape in the background reminds viewers of Hạ Long Bay in Quảng Ninh Province."

According to him, Vietnamese art collectors joined the bidding for all four paintings.

“The Les Teinturieres (Dyers at Work) has been sold to a Vietnamese collector vie online auction. I hope the painting will be brought back to Viet Nam in the future. Before being sold at the auction, this painting was among a private collection in France,” he said.

Earlier, in April, the on canvas Portrait de Mademoiselle Phương (Portrait of Mademoiselle Phương) by painter Mai Trung Thu sold at an auction at Sotheby's Hong Kong for US$3.1 million – the highest price ever paid for Vietnamese art.

At the auction on Monday, together with the paintings by Vietnamese painters, there were works from several other world-famous figures such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Banksy. — VNS