NORTHERN VIETNAMESE SCHOOL | SCENES AND SKETCHES OF DAILY LIFE AND RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES IN THE NORTH OF VIETNAM, NAM DINH (SOUTH OF HANOI)
NORTHERN VIETNAMESE SCHOOL
SCENES AND SKETCHES OF DAILY LIFE AND RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES IN THE NORTH OF VIETNAM, NAM DINH (SOUTH OF HANOI)
A cloth-bound hard cover album containing a group of 21 watercolour paintings on paper
Titled, inscribed and dated 1890 on the reverse of one piece
Executed circa 1890
Album: 25.5 by 33.5 cm; 10 by 13 in.
Each painting: approximately 15 by 23 cm; 5¾ by 9 in. (21)
The works are in good overall condition as viewed. There is evidence of light wear and faint fold marks along the edges of some of the paintings. There is evidence of light discoloration and faint fox marks to some of the paintings, but this is consistent with the age of the works.
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A few of these late 19th century gouaches paintings still remain in museums and private collections. The 21 gouache paintings document an assortment of scenes elucidating Vietnamese traditions and culture during that period. This series is an ethnographic gathering of vividly colored artistic studies that unveils the mores of 19th century Vietnam, during the French presence. These scenes take place in Nam Dinh (South of Hanoi) and they depict wedding ceremonies, religious rites, festive dances, shops, markets, mandarins with their escorts and laborers at work among others.