• Southeast Asian Modern and Con auction at Christies

    Sale 2721

    Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 November 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1189

    LE PHO (Vietnam 1907-France 2001)

    Lady combing her hair

    Price Realised  


    LE PHO (Vietnam 1907-France 2001)
    Lady combing her hair
    signed 'Le Pho' and signed again in Chinese and stamped with artist's seal (upper right)
    ink, pencil and gouache on silk laid down on cardboard
    17 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. (45 x 30 cm.)

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    Ink and gouache on silk, lacquer work and oil on canvas, Franco-Vietnamese painter Le Pho excelled in all these medium. And regardless of the medium he worked in, Le Pho rarely deviated from his singular inspiration as an artist - that of depicting the beauty and romance evoking an inherent grace and ideal of a bygone era.

    Le Pho worked between cultures and bore a great sensitivity towards the inherent philosophy of both Oriental and Occidental aesthetics. Lady combing her hair depicts a feminine subject matter on silk, where the inherent refined quality of the material lends an immediate softening and shimmering effect to the subject. Contrary to a Western painting, Oriental portraitures - particularly those of the Chinese to which the Vietnamese modeled after and Le Pho was a more than capable proponent of - emphasized only the fine silhouette of the sitter with no regards to perspective or the effect of lighting and shading. Le Pho's Lady combing her hair is an evocative rendition of beauty imagined and nearly comes to bear the quality of timelessness.