Vietnam Art History ~ 169 Slides ~ Vietnamese Art ~ Highly Visual
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This is a complete presentation on Vietnamese Art History which is highly visual and thoroughly annotated. My preview is 16 of the slides in the presentation for you to download. This will give you the best idea of what the product is like. There are also 4 pop up thumbnails which go with this listing and the below text excerpt. The presentation includes both the old and the new of Vietnam's art. It especially covers Vietnam's unique artistic intersection with the West due to French colonization and the War with America.
Excerpt from Presentation:
If one wanted to look at primarily old Asian art from millennia, or even just centuries ago, it is doubtful one would start with Vietnam. This is because the art of China is so vast and comprehensive for millennia that it would be the logical starting place for beginning one’s journey on learning Asian art. It is stunning art and generally one wants to go to the main resource to experience it. That would not be Vietnam.
Japan’s art is also fascinating in both the distant past and here and now so it too would be a logical contender.
But the thing that sets Vietnam apart is its unique history. No other Asian country has a history quite like its. That history, as it emerged in its modern artists, made Vietnam a new darling for art lovers and collectors.
Specifically, in the early twentieth century Vietnam was taken over by the French who colonized it. The French got involved in every aspect of Vietnam and, considering they were then the world leaders in art, they naturally got heavily involved in establishing their arts there.
The French set up schools. They taught their techniques and traditions in art. This was a major opportunity for a unique hybrid to develop: Eastern art, the starting point for the Vietnamese people, PLUS the greatest traditions of Western art supplied by its masters, the French. The French even sent some of the best Vietnamese painters back to Paris to set up their careers there.
Colonizing other countries is a losing proposition long range so inevitably French colonialism ended. They were out for good by the 1950s but they had left their art mark from decades of colonial occupation. The French influence is still present today.
The Americans came in during the 1960s but not to colonize it. They wanted to stop Communism there. Ironically, the Americans had become the art capital of the world in 1945, replacing Paris and the French. They didn’t go to Vietnam to set up art schools and teach their traditions of painting. However, they did end up taking the Vietnamese home as spouses or immigrants. They also eventually became friendly, engaging in many exchanges, including art ones.
Thus, in quick succession, the Vietnamese got to create a hybrid art form again by being involved with this successor country to the French as leader of the art world. This all led to three pools of artists: the Vietnamese artists staying in Vietnam, the Vietnamese American artists who lived in America and the Vietnam Veteran artists. Every one of these groups is very active. This presentation chiefly focuses on Vietnamese artists.
The American part of this story is similar to the Americans occupying Japan after defeating it in WWII. The Japanese were then exposed to American culture and art and began creating their hybrid art. But the Japanese have no French component to their mix like the Vietnamese do.
Thus, the Vietnamese might put calligraphy in a work, or lacquer (their own Eastern art ) but they just as likely will segue into an Impressionistic work (French) or an abstract expressionist one (American). Best of all, they are likely to mix it all up.
We will start by looking at the older art, which is entirely Eastern, and then move into the work which mixes it all up.