Nguyên Gia Tri (1908-1993), Abstract Composition

Nguyễn Gia Trí  (1908-1993), Abstract Composition. Signed. Lacquer on wood, 92 by 122 cm.; 36 by 48 in. Executed CIRCA 1960. Estimate 350,000 — 550,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.

Provenance: Private Collection, France
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, April 2 2012, Lot 288

Note: Nguyễn Gia Trí began to settle in Saigon during the French Colonization, but it was not until the late 1950s that he began to compose his now famous and important lacquer works. Talented, creative and inquisitive, Gia Trí explored and mastered abstract composition, which led to the formation of an art movement that developed a dialogue between Eastern and Western lacquer traditions, and cemented the artist as the preeminent 20th century Master of Vietnamese lacquer.

Abstract Composition demonstrates Gia Trí’s dedication and commitment to the avant-garde movement where East meets West. Through the lacquer’s stunning, spellbinding form of gold and silver, he captured energy and existence – presenting both a mysterious depth and internal light. A fine example of Gia Trí’s combination of the abstract with traditional lacquer materials gives the flat surface boldness, richness, and rhythm to the work, and denotes another ground breaking piece by Nguyễn Gia Trí.

Sotheby’s. MODERN & CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART, 05 AVRIL 2015 | 10:00 AM HKT – HONG KONG