TRAN BINH LOC (Vietnamese, 1914-1941)

Oil on Canvas

Signed T.LÔC bottom right and dated 1938.

This artwork is one of Tran Binh Loc's most beautiful paintings, depicting a scene of people walking in front of the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. The detailed landscape includes mothers and children, animals, an elephant, trees, and more.

Provenance: Acquired in 2016 from a private collection in Los Angeles, USA.
Tran Binh Loc studied at L'École des Beaux-Arts de l'Indochine and won an artist competition in Hanoi in 1934. He had a tragically short life, dying in an accident in Laos at age 27.

After graduating from the Indochina Fine Arts College, Course V (1929-1934), Tran Binh Loc quickly gained recognition. His works were shown in important exhibitions like the Salon 1935 and Salon 1936 of SADEAI (Société d’encouragement des arts et de l’industrie de l’Indochine).
He traveled across Indochina painting landscapes and scenes of daily life: rivers, streets, ancient sites, monks, dancers, and more. Though he produced many paintings in his short career, his works are now rare. Tran Binh Loc is barely mentioned in books on Vietnamese art, even those focused on Hanoi painters.

In the book " TUYEN TAP: MY THUAT VIET NAM THE KY XX: THE 20TH CENTURY VIETNAMESE FINE ARTS SELECTED WORKS " edited by the Ministry of Culture, Tran Binh Loc is listed among 388 Vietnamese painters with a 1940 wood engraving illustrated.

The text notes he graduated from the Indochina Fine Arts College in 1929-1934 and cites two major artworks,

Angkor Temple - Oil (37cm x 46cm) - 1936
Young girl - Wood engraving ( 55cm x 33cm) - 1940 (which is the illustrated one)

This artwork by Tran Binh Loc appears in our Artists section, but currently remains in our Private collection.

Price : On Hold

Materials / Techniques: Oil on canvas

Condition: Original condition

Measurements: H.28" x W.43" (71.12 x 109.22 cm) without frame.

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