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“Frontline Collection” with Portraits of Vietnamese Women during War

The images of women engaged on the frontlines still inspires Vietnamese painters. Collector and painter Nguyen Thi Ngoc Huyen has accumulated more than a thousand works on this theme for 50 years.
Huyen presented her Frontline Collection in late April at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museumwith the theme "Portrait of Vietnamese Woman during the War" in a way to express gratitude to both Vietnamese painters and women fighters during the wars.

The exhibition is the fruits of the efforts of Huyen, her husband and friends who spent years collecting over 1,000 works, including pieces created at the beginning of the 20th century by artists of the first generation of the School of Fine Arts of Indochina

Painter Duong Anh tells visitors about the context of the creation of his painting.

Le Cam Tu, a veteran the anti-US resistance war, participated in the exhibition

Visitors taking a photo with painters.

This was the first time Nguyen Thi Ngoc Huyen has organised such an exhibition in Vietnam. Afterwards, she plans to present this collection in countries where art is more developed such as Italy and Australia.

The exhibition includes 57 paintings by 27 well-known Vietnamese painters, such as Tran Van Can, PhanKeAn, Huynh Van Thuan, Nguyen Tu Nghiem and Huynh Phuong Dong.

These works were created on the ground during the two resistance wars against the French and Americans, so most of them are not in good condition. Huyen had to redo them on large canvases.

"It's been a long time since I started the project to open such an exhibition. It was an occasion to show pride for these women in the war who were valiant, with an indomitable spirit. They were all ready to sacrifice themselves for their country. I also wanted to express my gratitude to the great painters of the previous generation. ", Huyen shared.

Painting of a guerrilla on the banks of the Red River in 1953 by painter Trinh Phong.

Painting of a guerrilla in the province of Ben Tre in 1965, by Huynh Phuong Dong.

Painting of the beach of Sam Son in 1966, by Nguyen Thanh Chau.

Painting of the beach of Sam Son in 1966, by Nguyen Thanh Chau.

Painting of Duong Anh in 1966.

Painting of a girl from the "Girls with Long Hair" group in 1967 by Minh Phuong.

Painting by Trinh Kim Vinh (1968).

Painting by Nguyen Thanh Chau (1970).

Painting about the training of female guerrillas in 1973 by Vo Xuong.

Painting of a woman in charge of the rear by Vo Xuong.

Painting by Nguyen Thanh Minh.

Painting of a woman in action by Dinh Trong Khang.

Painting of a woman cleaning a gun by Vo Xuong.

Painting of a female guerrilla guarding the sea by Trinh Kim Vinh.

Painting of female fighter Tran Thi En beside a bomb crater in the province of Vinh Linh by HuyToan.

Painting of female fighter Cam Lichby Huynh Phuong Dong.

Sketch of the daily life of Vietnamese women during war by Nguyen Duc Du.
Story: Ngan Ha - Photos: Khanh Long