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Fine Arts Museum displays works depicting Tet over 70 years

Outstanding artworks in the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi allow visitors a vicarious experience of Tet (Lunar New Year) celebrations, which herald the arrival of spring, over the past seven decades.

A watercolour painting called "Spring Landscape" done in 1989 by Tran Luu Hau (1928). — VNA/VNS Photo

The museum is located at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street in Ba Dinh District. It is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm on weekdays. Admission is VND40,000 (US$1.7) for adults, and free for the elderly and children.

Traditional skills such as silk painting, lacquer and water painting are featured, as well as works from the 20th and 21st century.

Silk painting is one of the oldest art forms in Vietnam. When Vietnam University of Fine Arts (known as Indochina College of Fine Arts during the French colonial period) was founded in 1925.

Lacquer engraved painting is a challenging technique that requires mastery of careful sketching, composition, and light and dark markings.

Engraving details such as facial expressions demand a high degree of precision and meticulousness. Such a painting takes years to complete. — VNS

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