Vo Doan Giap was a student of the Hanoi Fine Arts School until it closed down in 1945 due to the war. The budding artist fled to the South of Vietnam to begin his artistic journey. He is known for lacquer and oil painting, and seldom worked on silk.
The work is in good condition overall. Upon close observation, horizontal bands of craquelures are visible on the right edge. Examination under ultraviolet light shows restoration on the top right corner and scattered throughout the bottom section, predominantly on the buffaloes, however, this is not visible with the naked eye. Framed "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."