The daily life of Vietnamese people, particularly of local women, more than a hundred years ago, was vividly featured in dozens of paintings by French painters who visited the country during the period.
Many of them, mostly oil paintings, have been sold at international auctions at high prices.
"Mother and children", charcoal and chalk
on paper, by Victor Tardieu in 1925. It was sold at HKD367,500.
"Woman on a hammock" by Joseph Inguimberty in 1932
"On the way to the market" by Joseph Inguimberty .
"Hanoi lady" by Joseph Inguimberty
"Pagoda" by Joseph Inguimberty
"A family meeting" by Joseph Inguimberty
Another Joseph Inguimberty's painting depicting two Vietnamese women in traditional ao dai
Another painting of Joseph Inguimberty
"Highlands ethnic people" by André Maire in 1949
"Hanoi sightseeing" by Gaston Roullet in 1885
A painting of Léo Craste on the Saigon's Tau Hu Canal in 1939.