War as seen by de Goya on display in HCMC

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The work of Spanish artist Francisco de Goya is on display alongside Vietnamese art at the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts.

"Arts of War Topics", a collection of 238 sketches and prints that take viewers on a tour of wars

in both Spain and Vietnam, features 33 prints by de Goya (1746-1828), who drew them in 1810-1820.

The works are part of a set of Goya's aquatint prints titled "The Disasters of War" which depict scenes from the Peninsular War (1807-1814), a contest between France and the allied powers of Spain, the United Kingdom, and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars. Dr. Hans Guggenheim donated the 33 prints to the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi after the German-American scholar showed 45 such prints by Goya at the museum in October, 2008. Dr. Guggenheim bought the works in Spain after World War II.

Another 203 works are sketches created by Vietnamese painters during the Resistance War

Against the French and the Vietnam War. They focus on memories of war and the life of Vietnamese soldiers and ordinary people. The exhibition will be open at the HCMC Fine Arts Museum, 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, District 1 until April 15.

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