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Vu Cao Dam 1908-2000 Vietnamese art pencil signed rare lithograph

Vu Cao Dam 1908-2000 Vietnamese art pencil signed rare lithograph


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A scarce and desirable lithograph by Vietnamese master artist Vu Cao Dam (1908-2000), titled "Mother and Child" or "Maternite", 1969, pencil signed by the artist and numbered 119/150 at lower left (hidden by the present mat). The piece measures 26" by 20" inside that mat and 33" by 26 1/2" in white frame. Will be shipped without glass or rolled in a sturdy plastic tube (email to discuss). The print is clean and colors fresh. Vietnamese historical art has been climbing dramatically in value for 25 years. Vu Cao Dam's paintings have exceeded $250,000 at auction, in a pattern seen with his contemporaries Mai Trung Thu, Le Pho and others. Vu Cao Dam was born in Hanoi into a somewhat privileged Catholic family. His father, an educated and curious man, fluent in French, had been to Paris as early as 1889. Doubtless, his general intelligence, sophistication for the time and place, and love of Chinese calligraphy, influenced his son. The artist was a student of Victor Tardieu and Joseph Inguimberty in Tardieu's Ecole des Beaux Arts de L'Indochine first class in Hanoi, in 1926. By 1931, Vu Cao Dam was in France, never to return to his homeland. The Paris art scene enriched his already considerable talents, and he studied the masters of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. By 1946 he is in the South of France, near Chagall and Matisse, and by the 1960's, he was exhibiting at Frost and Reed in London, in Brussels, and with Wally Findlay Galleries, with whom he signed a contract. Thirty years ago, a Vu Cao Dam painting would sell for $2000 or $3000. They then ascended to the $20,000 to $30,000 area, and recently many have exceeded $50,000 or gone into six figures at auctions, as Vietnamese art has absolutely exploded in popularity.