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Aug 29, 2023
"Les Tulipes Rouges et Blanches"
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right: Le Pho; titled on the frame plaque
40" H x 26" W
Provenance: Artist's Studio, Paris, France
Findlay Galleries, Chicago, IL, July 1966
Estate of Margaret "Pat" Breen, Houston, TX, acquired from the above
Findlay Galleries, New York, NY, March 2019
Sold: New Orleans Auction Galleries, Inc., New Orleans, LA, "March Major Estates Sale," March 23, 2019, Lot 9080
Private collection, Los Angeles, CA, acquired from the above
Other Notes: This lot is sold together with a certificate of authenticity from the Findlay Institute, New York, NY. In addition, the work in this lot, "Les Tulipes Rouges et Blanches," will be included in the Le Pho catalogue raisonne being prepared by the Findlay Institute.
Le Pho was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1907. Growing up in a Vietnamese elite family, he was able to receive both Chinese literature and French education. During his teenage years and early education, he excelled in various mediums of art. His early schooling would be an important precursor to his future success. Le Pho continued his studies at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Hanoi between 1925 and 1930. He would go to study under Stephane Fernand Brecq, Antoine Ponchin, Paul-Emile Legouez, and the most notable, Victor Tardieu. During this informative period, Le Pho would experiment with symbolism, color, different brushstrokes, and themes of melancholy, nostalgia, and stylization of landscapes.
After graduating, Le Pho went to Europe to broaden his artistic skills and worldly knowledge. When first arriving in Paris he would take art history and technical art classes. During his time in Europe, it was a learning experience, but also a realization of the distinction of self and how he would continue to create through such a complex fulfillment. Therefore, delivering what the world best knows him for, which was, themes of surrealism with elongated figures of Vietnamese women, the scenery of Vietnam, landscapes, flowers with rich colors, etc.
After his time in Paris, Le Pho returned to Vietnam for the last time and was a professor at Ecole des Beaux-Arts de L’Indochine. However, after teaching he returned to Paris in 1937 and never left, until his passing at the age of 94 in 2001.
“Les Tulipes Rouges et Blanches,” is a beautiful example of the rich color, thick brushstrokes, and the unique and complex themes of a French painting style, while complimenting his Vietnamese roots, a gentle reflection on the still life painting genre. Originally sold by the Wally Findlay Galleries, it is an exquisite example of one of the artists' still lives from the Findlay periods.
Condition: Overall good condition. A few small areas of craquelure and paint shrinkage in the white pigments along the right edge and in the center of the vase.
Blacklight: No evidence of restoration.
Frame: 48.5" H x 38.5" W x 2.25" D
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