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Published: April 10th 2008
The photos in this blog were taken in Hanoi and other cities of Vietnam. There are some pictures of Hanoi and northern Vietnam, for example, Hàng Đào street in 1926 with the rail line and tram-car, tube houses in Hanoi's Old Quarter, cyclos, lotus flowers, countryside landscape, Vietnamese girls wearing traditional dresses, Hoàn Kiếm lake in Hanoi's center, markets in some northern villages and ethnic minority women etc.
Some portrait paintings are drawn with black pencils, which we call "Vẽ truyền thần", while other paintings are made of stone, natural leaves, sand or hand embroidery. These paintings are on sale, for display at a handicraft exhibition, or for decoration at the hotels. Sometimes I present small paintings to my foreign friends. In many cases, I choose a wooden painting of Vietnamese girls wearing our traditional dresses and conical hats, or a ceramic painting of Hanoi's Old Quarter. I think they are typical pictures of Hanoi and Vietnam.
On my recent trip to Hội An town in central Vietnam (February 2011), I found special paintings made from bird/chicken feather and small sea snails. So in this blog you can find various types of paintings in Vietnam as follows:
Painting of Vietnamese girls
Inside the boat to cruise Sài Gòn river
Tranh sơn dầu: oil paintings
2. Truyền thần: portrait paintings drawn with black pencils
3. Tranh thêu: hand embroidery paintings
4. Tranh đá quý: gemstone paintings
5. Tranh lá: natural leaf paintings
6. Tranh ốc biển: sea snail paintings
7. Tranh lông gà: feather paintings
8. Tranh cát: sand paintings
9. Tranh hạt gạo: rice paintings
In Hanoi, there are many galleries along Hàng Gai, Hàng Trống and Tràng Tiền streets, where you can buy great paintings. Certainly, they are more expensive, as the shops are located at the tourist area and the shop rental at those areas is very expensive. In addition, they are the paintings of better quality.
More paintings can be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts (Viện Bảo tàng Mỹ thuật) on Nguyễn Thái Học street in Hanoi. I've seen on TV some foreigners attending a course at Hanoi University of Fine Arts (Trường Đại học Mỹ thuật Hà Nội) on Yết Kiêu street, where they learn how to make special paintings of the Vietnamese arts like lacquer painting (tranh sơn mài), oil painting (tranh sơn dầu) etc.
Please also view my other blogs
about the woodblock and ceramic tile paintings in northern Vietnam: Đông Hồ woodblock paintings Tranh gốm (ceramic tile paintings)
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