Vietnam province pays tribute to famous Vietnamese-French artist

By Ngoc Long, Thanh Nien News

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In this photo, artist Le Ba Dang (R) is shown opening a street gallery in Thua Thien-Hue Province in 2007. Photo: Bui Ngoc Long

Thua Thien-Hue Province held a ceremony on Monday to honor world-renowned Vietnamese-French artist Le Ba Dang, who passed away in Paris at the age of 94 two days earlier. 
The ceremony was attended by provincial leaders, artists, intellectuals and students who were inspired by Dang’s artworks. 
Phan Tien Dung, director of the provincial culture department, said the artist made remarkable contributions to the province in particular and to the whole country in general. 
Dang was born in 1921 in Bich La Dong, a village in the central province of Quang Tri neighboring Thua Thien-Hue. 
He left Vietnam for France to study fine arts in Toulouse at the age of 18. 
According to promotional materials from a foundation named after him, his works are "a fine combination of two Eastern-Western cultures of various materials... to reflect high value art which is full of vitality and philosophy on human beings and the universe." 
He studied for six years until his first exhibit in 1950. 
He gradually rose to fame in the 1960s.
Dang expressed himself through a variety of media, including painting, watercolor, sculpture, jewelry and graphic works. 
He was ranked as one of the most famous painters in the world by Cambridge University in 1992. 
After dozens of successful exhibitions, Dang sent his money back to Vietnam to rebuild his devastated village, funding many schools and hospitals. 
He held various exhibitions and cultural activities in Thua Thien-Hue, and donated a total 305 artworks to the province. 
He was honored by the provincial government with a sponsored Le Ba Dang foundation and an art museum.

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