Painting by Emperor Ham Nghi returned to Vietnam
PSNews - The Museum of Hue Royal Court Antiquities is scheduled to display the work in an exhibition on January 10, 2023 themed "King Ham Nghi-Life and Art" to commemorate his 80th death anniversary.
A painting that King Ham Nghi (1871-1943) created while he was living in exile in Algeria has been returned to the Hue Monuments Conservation Center by one of his descendants. Hoang Quoc Trung, Director of the Center, said the painting, measuring 30x45 cm, depicts the scenery of the European countryside.
Descendants of the king presented the painting to Dinh Toan Thang, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Vietnam in France, on behalf of the center, Trung said.
The Museum of Hue Royal Court Antiquities is scheduled to display the work in an exhibition on January 10, 2023 themed "King Ham Nghi-Life and Art" to commemorate his 80th death anniversary.
The exhibition will introduce many images of King Ham Nghi's life when he was enthroned to the anti-French period and his life in exile, together with copies of 31 paintings and statues created by the King in Algeria.
Ham Nghi was the 8th King of the Nguyen dynasty that ruled in Hue from 1802-1945. In 1885 King Ham Nghi issued the Can Vuong edict against the French colonialists. The movement lasted until 1888 when the King was arrested. The French exiled him to Algeria, then a French colony. He died in 1944.
During his time in France, the former king studied art at a workshop run by Maurius Reynard, a well-known artist. He also studied sculpture. During his life, Ham Nghi created many paintings, one of which was auctioned for €8,800 ($9,387) in 2010.