Pham Thi Doan Thanh
The artist Pham Thi Doan Thanh

Pham Thi Doan Thanh

Painting is always an expression of one's own feelings and the social environment. The experiences of the war: - pain, grief and anger - did not lead to propaganda, but to a deep longing, the desire for peace and idyll. When you look at the faces of the people, I ask you to see behind the seemingly quiet faces and the idyll the suffering suffered and the concern for husbands, children and relatives in the war.

I would now like to introduce my pictures. The silk painting was strongly influenced and promoted by my teacher and friend Nguyen Phan Chanh. The master of silk painting could not experience his fame, especially abroad. He died in 1984. Unlike the Chinese silk painting, the lines in Vietnam are softer and more fluid, with pastel-like transitions. The silk is pretreated and fixed according to a recipe of my teacher by natural means - without the usual chemistry in Europe. During my training and later work as artistic director of two newspapers, I have made many journeys to the country and to the mountain peoples of the north, as the village communities in Vietnam form a foundation of the state. Many of the prominent figures of Vietnam come from village communities. Many of the watercolors have been painted on these journeys. They show simple, but very proud and will-strong people. The wood cuts continue the technique of the "Dong-Ho" pictures. A printing plate is produced for the colors and the black separating lines. Printed with hand on bamboo paper, which was treated with a colored primer from muschelkalk.

I now invite you to let the pictures take effect. I am also happy about every question, suggestion and criticism, since painting always lives from the dialogue artist and the public.