Biography of Le Pho
Le Pho is an important Vietnamese
artist along with Vu Cao Dam. Born in 1902 son of Le Hoan,
a senior mandarin, Le Pho received a comprehensive
education, including training in brush training. At the age
of 18 Le Pho went on to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of
Hanoi for five years. Afterwards for two years he then
studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
After completing his education, Le Pho
returned to Vietnam to teach at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts for
four years. Then in 1937 he returned to Paris as a delegate
in the International Exposition there. He also served as a
member of the jury of this exposition.
During the thirties and forties, Le Pho
travelled extensively in Europe and Asia. At this time Le
Pho painted with long, thin brushes of watercolor on silk.
His subjects, including birds, bamboo, and lotus flowers
were traditionally Asian. His work was clearly influenced
by Pierre Bonnard and Odilon Redon.
For the rest of his career Le Pho was a
notable artist, represented in many exhibitions and shows
throughout Europe and the United States.
Le Pho died in 2001. His works are in
the permanent collections of Museum d'Art Moderne in Paris,
the Vietnam Museum of Modern Art, and the Oklahoma Art