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Mai Trung Thứ | 枚中栨 (梅忠恕)

Mai Trung Thu 枚中栨 (梅忠恕) | La fenêtre 倚窗弄花

Auction Closed

June 14, 03:20 PM GMT


70,000 - 90,000 EUR

Lot Details


Mai Trung Thứ (1906 - 1980)

La fenêtre 

signed MAI THU, dated 52 in Chinese and stamped with the artist's seal (lower left), titled (on the reverse)

ink and gouache on silk 

Executed in 1952.

This work is accompanied by the artist's original frame.

The present lot will be included in the artist's forthcoming catalogue raisonné prepared by the artist's daughter, Mai Lan Phuong.

30.5 x 20 cm, 12 by 8 in. 


Mai Trung Thứ (1906 - 1980)

La fenêtre

signée MAI THU en chinois et datée 52 avec le sceau de l'artiste (en bas à gauche), titré (au dos)

encre et gouache sur soie

Peinte en 1952.


枚中栨 (梅忠恕 1906 - 1980年)



MAI THU 藝術家鈐印 五十二(右下)




註:此作將收錄於由藝術家女兒Mai Lan Phuong女士正籌備編纂的藝術家全集

Executed in 1952, La fenêtre is a testament to Mai Trung Thứ's exceptional skill in using ink and gouache on silk. This medium bestows a soft and ethereal quality upon the work, emphasizing the artist's meticulous attention to detail. The young woman depicted is clad in a traditional áo dài, her graceful posture and serene expression embodying the tranquility and nobility of Vietnamese women.

The circular window in the painting, a common feature in ancient Vietnamese houses and temples, is known as a "moon gate" or "moon window." These architectural elements not only define Vietnamese structures but also frame the natural beauty of the outdoors, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor spaces and underscoring the harmony between nature and human habitation. The woman's gentle touch on the potted plant symbolizes nurturing and growth, while the overall soft color palette creates an atmosphere of serenity and harmony.

La fenêtre shares a similar composition with another of Mai Trung Thứ's 1952 works, Woman by the Window, sold in our Hong Kong room, 6th April 2023, lot 770. Both pieces depict a woman in a tranquil pose by a window, reflecting the artist's profound understanding of the inner elegance and everyday beauty of women.

In the early 20th century, the lives of Vietnamese women were deeply rooted in tradition and family values. The áo dài, often worn by these women, not only showcased their grace but also symbolized cultural pride. Mai Trung Thứ's paintings capture the tranquility and elegance of women's daily lives, paying tribute to their resilience and inner strength. His work is a celebration of the quiet dignity and enduring spirit of Vietnamese women, rendered with a delicate and masterful touch that continues to resonate with audiences worldwide.