• 28-05-2019 | Le Pho masterpiece fetches record price at auction

  • An oil-on-canvas painting featuring a nude woman by master painter Lê Phổ (1907-2001) was sold at nearly US$ 1.4 million (HK$10,925,000) at an auction sale at Christie’s Hong Kong on May 26. It was a record for paintings by contemporary Vietnamese artists.


    Khỏa Thân (Naked Woman), a 90.5cm x 180.5cm work done in 1931, had been expected to fetch HK$4-6 million.


    Another painting by Phổ also featuring naked women titled Tắm Biển (Swimming in the Sea, 1938), a silk on cardboard work, was sold at $505,000. Both works are considered masterpieces and milestones in Vietnamese painting history.


    At the same auction, Vỡ Mộng (Disillusionment, 1932), a work on silk by Tô Ngọc Vân (1906-1954) was sold for $1.1 million.


    At the auction, Pham H. Tuan, an overseas Vietnamese entrepreneur from the US, sold 17 works he had in his collection. He had bought a painting by Phổ in the US in the late 1990s and thought it was by a Chinese painter since it had Chinese characters.


    Source: VNS


  • Khỏa Thân (Naked Woman) (90.5cm x 180.5cm, 1931) by Le Pho
  • Tắm Biển (At the beach) by Le Pho