Le Pho (France, United States, Vietnam, 1907 – 2001) Still life painting. Wally Findlay tag verso. Inventory number inscribed on upper stretcher.
Le Pho was a French-Vietnamese painter best known for his stylized depictions of nudes, gardens, and floral still-lives. His work succeeded in merging Impressionism, Surrealism, and traditional Chinese painting into a sensual yet disconcerting vision of Eden, reminiscent of both Odilon Redon and Pierre Bonnard. Le Pho has garnered himself a place in Vietnam’s art canon, for his oeuvre is a collection of works that are poetical depictions of domestic scenes that were memories from the artist’s own childhood of growing up in Hanoi. Le Pho’s favored subject matter revolved around what he deemed to be beautiful and pleasing to the eye, thereby much of his paintings are visual homages to flora and fauna, and elegant women either alone or shown with their children in private interludes as vignettes from family life.
Throughout his life, he had several exhibitions in Paris, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Buenos-Aires. He participated in shows annually at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Independants in Paris. The Museum of Modern Art in Paris is one of the museums holding his work.
Provenance: Important Private Collection, New York City.
Sight Size: 13.75 x 9.5 in.
Overall Framed Size: 19.5 x 15.25 in.