TRAN VAN CAN (Vietnamese, 1910-1994).
The artist and teacher Tran Van Can was born in Bac Ninh in 1910.
After graduating from engineering school in 1930, he entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Indochine where he was heavily influenced by the artist Joseph Inguimberty (1896-1971), one of the founders of the school. After his graduation in 1936 he became a teacher at the Ecole.
One of his students, painter Vu Giang Huong, former Secretary General of the Viet Nam Fine Arts Association said about him:
“Tran Van Can was a pure artist who devoted his life to creativity. His paintings reveal his profound love for people and the homeland. Many of them depict the Vietnamese people’s will during the wars of resistance against the French and the Americans. He would put himself in life-threatening situations to get inspiration for his paintings.”
Can worked as the headmaster for the Ecole from 1954 to 1964 and was the general secretary of the Vietnamese Fine Arts Association between 1958 and 1983. He was also the president of the Vietnamese Association of Graphic Arts between 1983 and 1989.
Among his best-known images are depictions of the Vietnamese people at war, and subtle, alluring images of the women of Hanoi.
Tran Van Can died in 1994 in Ha Noi at the age of 75.
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