Wednesday, April 16, 2008

“King of pastel” passes away before exhibition

Painter Thuan Ho, who is called “the King of pastel”, passed away on April 3 before an exhibition held to celebrate his longevity from April 16-23 at Tu Do Gallery, No.3 Ho Tung Mau street, District 1, HCM City.

The senior painter, 88, was the leading graduate of the Gia Dinh Practice Arts School in 1941. He quickly gained fame for pastel paintings and was one of the first three painters in the South to hold solo painting exhibitions.

Thuan Ho received many awards at home and abroad. His paintings were displayed at many international exhibitions in Japan (1944), Italy (1950), Malaysia (1960), the US, etc.

Painting collector Dang Hai Son, the owner of Tu Do Gallery, said several months ago that his gallery planned to organise a pastel painting exhibition by Thuan Ho to celebrate his 88th birthday.

“We have collected Thuan Ho’s paintings for two decades and currently we have many outstanding pastel and some lacquer paintings. We planned to hold a large exhibition and invite the painter to take part in it. The exhibition will be a chance for art lovers to admire Thuan Ho’s paintings and to look back on the southern region’s arts,” Son said.

But the painter won’t be able to participate in the exhibition.

Tu Do Gallery’s collection of Thuan Ho’s paintings includes artworks made from 1956-2006. Son said some paintings in this collection have never been displayed before. Thuan Ho sold these paintings to Tu Do Gallery in 1989-1990 when he needed money to repair his downgraded house.

More than 90% of the artist’s paintings are about HCM City and South Vietnam.

“I strongly believe that Thuan Ho’s paintings, especially pastel works, will be honoured for their value, otherwise it is regrettable for Vietnam’s painting arts,” said collector Son.

Here are some paintings by Thuan Ho:

A worker’s meal

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