Gilded banana trees in the foreground demarcate the path of a charming and peaceful Vietnamese village, showing the daily life in the countryside. A solitary woman carrying food walks across the composition. With a few basic lacquer colors (black, brown, ocher, gold and a touch of silver), the artist attests his talent for mastering lacquer art.
The present lacquer box comes from the estate of Jules Brevié. According to the research of Mme Giulia Pentcheff, this box is a work created by Nguyen Gia Tri dating from the years 1935-1937.
In those years, the French general governor of Indochina Jules Brevié supported the effort of Evariste Jonchère - the Director of the Hanoi Fine Arts school - for the development and production of lacquer works, both in quality and quantity. As a result, many art exhibitions and private orders - as gifts for French high-ranking officials - contributed to the fame of lacquer works from Hanoi school.
Many young lacquer artists who were fresh graduates from the Hanoi Fine Arts School like Pham Hau, Tran Van Can, Nguyen Khang, Le Quoc Loc, and others - all fellow students of Nguyen Gia Tri - took part in this mission of bringing ancient lacquer art into a new dimension in the field of 20th century modern lacquer art in Vietnam.
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