War era painter comes to Ho Chi Minh City

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"Vietnam, my home country" opened at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum last weekend.

The 156 sketches and paintings from artist Trang Phuong, 71, take viewers on an evocative journey through Vietnam's passage from war to peace.

The exhibition features 100 war-era sketches that Phuong produced while fighting on the southern battlefields from 1961- 1971. The sketches focus on the life of villagers and soldiers throughout the war.

Another 56 paintings by Phuong depict his memories of the war and the peaceful countryside from 1961 to the present. The paintings, created using oil on canvas, are on sale for US$800-15,000 each.

Following the war, Phuong travelled to Bulgaria and earned a Doctorate in fine arts in 1979. He returned to Vietnam and headed a variety of state agencies dealing with fine art. The work kept him busy. The artist said that he did most of his paintings after he retired at the age of 68. This is his first solo show in Vietnam.

The exhibition will run at the HCMC Fine Arts Museum, 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street in District 1, until July 16.

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