Vietnamese Folk Art Silk Paintings

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Vietnamese Folk Art, it has been done for centuries in Vietnam. This art form is thought to have originated in the Ho Village, north of Hanoi, Vietnam. It was popular among village residents and brightened the walls of their homes. Scenes then typically represented are good luck, dreams come true or told simple tales.

After a long period of development of techniques and styles, silk painting reached its peek during 1925-1945. These hand printed pictures are again a popular art form. The peasant prints are one of the only sources of popular pictorial art in Vietnam. Some classic pictures show image of prosperity, others reflect all aspects of the people's daily life and optimism.  The prints make use of simple primary colours that are bright and lively.

The Vietnamese style of silk painting emphasized softness, elegance and a flexibility of style. Silk painting are different compared to the dominant French and European oil painting. In 1946, Vietnamese silk painting was accepted and introduced to the world when Vietnamese silk paintings won two prizes at the official Salon organized in France. Silk painting is now popular in Vietnam and has its own unique character and transparency of colours that are different from those of ancient China and Japan.

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