Nguyễn Phan Chánh's Rare Masterpiece ‘Les Chanteuses de Campagne'

Paris | 14 June 2024

E merging from nearly a century of obscurity, Sotheby's will offer a rare and remarkable painting by one of Vietnam's leading modern artists, Nguyễn Phan Chánh's ‘Les Chanteuses de Campagne'.

Created in 1930 during Chánh's peak creative period, this painting is poised to set an auction record and stands as the artist's most significant work ever to market.

Executed in 1930, 'Les Chanteuses de Campagne' exemplifies Chánh's most sought-after period, from 1930 to 1935, capturing everyday moments with unparalleled intimacy. The painting portrays two women of modest means in a candid moment, rooted in earthy tones. This composition, reflecting Chánh's focus on authentic action over aesthetic novelty, offers viewers a poignant glimpse into everyday life in early 20th-century Vietnam.

The work will be auctioned as part of the Arts d'Asie sale on 14 June at Sotheby’s Paris and will be on public exhibition from 8-13 June alongside other works from the auction.

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