Nguyễn Gia Trí

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Nguyễn Gia Trí (Chương Mỹ, Hà Tây 1909 - 1993) was a Vietnamese painter.[1] He was best known for his mastery of lacquer painting.[2][3][4] He also drew cartoons on political and social issues, many of them criticising French colonial rule.[5]

Tri studied at the Hanoi College of Fine Arts (École des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine) from 1932.[5] He worked for the magazines Phong Hóa and Ngày Nay starting from 1932 together with Nhất Linh and other famous writers and painters. He created the cartoon characters Xã Xệ and Bang Bạnh for the magazines and made changes to the character Lý Toét developed by Nhất Linh.[5]

Lacquer painting "Vườn xuân Bắc Trung Nam" in Fine Arts Museum Ho Chi Minh city


Many of his works are in the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi.


  1. ^ Smithsonian Institution. (1995). An ocean apart : contemporary Vietnamese art from the United States and Vietnam = Nghìn trùng xa cách : mỹ thuật đương đại Việt Nam ở Hoa Kỳ và ở Việt Nam. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. Traveling Exhibition Service. pp. 66–67. ISBN 1570980551.
  2. ^ Witness Collection - Trần Văn Cẩn "Cẩn is considered one of the pioneering “Four Masters” of Vietnamese modern art, alongside Nguyễn Gia Trí, Nguyễn Tường Lân and Tô Ngọc Vân."
  3. ^ Culture and Customs of Vietnam Mark W. McLeod, Thi Dieu Nguyen - 2001 Page 104 "Nguyen Gia Tri, his classmate, was among the first to master lacquer painting. At its best, his work combined techniques from the West and the East, using the multiple layers in lacquer painting to convey depth and illusion,"
  4. ^ Insight Guides - Vietnam 2002 Page 110 "While Nguyen Gia Tri's works continue to generate acclaim for transforming the traditional decorative art form of lacquer to an Art Nouveau style depicting Vietnamese subjects and atmosphere, "
  5. ^ a b c Lý Trực Dũng (2010). Biếm họa Việt Nam. Hanoi: NXB Mỹ Thuật. p. 34.