Le Pho (Vietnamese-French, 1907-2001) Fleurs, c. 1970

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 10
Le Pho
(Vietnamese-French, 1907-2001)
Fleurs, c. 1970

Sold for HK$ 200,625 (US$ 25,884) inc. premium
Le Pho (Vietnamese-French, 1907-2001)
Fleurs, c. 1970
signed 'Le Pho', lower right; titled 'Fleurs', inscribed with gallery inventory number '28397' and two gallery labels, on the reverse.
oil on canvas, the work is in its original frame
73.5 x 54.5 cm. (28 7/8 x 21 1/2 in.)

Footnotes

  • 黎譜 花 油彩畫布 藝術家原框 約一九七零年代作

    Provenance:
    Wally Findlay Gallery
    Private Collection, USA
    Acquired from the above by the present owner


    One of the most distinguished Vietnamese painters of the 20th century, Le Pho's oeuvre can be categorised into three distinct periods: Hanoi, Romanet and Findlay. The Hanoi period (1925-1937) was executed during his formative years in the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de l'Indochine in Hanoi and stretches to his early years in Paris. The Romanet (1937-1963) and Findlay periods (1963-2001) covered his later mature years in Paris under the patronage of two respective eponymous galleries – Gallerie Romanet and Wally Findlay Galleries. The works in the three periods that span across almost 70 years demonstrates Le Pho's true mastery and versatility in various mediums and subject matter: from silk to canvas, from gouache to oil paint, and from scene of the Orient to romantic still-life.

    Lot 9 to the present Lot 12 are some of the most exemplary Romanet and Findlay period works of the artist, marked by masterful changes in dimensionality and tonality. In La Couture (Lot 9) and the present lot, In the Garden (Lot 12), Le Pho plays with the viewer's depth of field by manipulating the scale of the figures to create layers and achieve a certain hierarchy – a compositional breakthrough that distinguishes his later works from the earlier ones. A significant change in tonality could also be observed: from muted and earthy colours in his early period to romantic and vibrant colours such as marigold and lilac in Fleurs (Lot 10) and Bouquet de Fleurs (Lot 11). This new colour palette was ingeniously employed by Le Pho to highlight the fleeting and dynamic quality of light on the subjects and affirms his identity as an impressionist.
Contacts
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Buyer's Premium Rates
27.5% up to HK$25,000 of the Hammer Price
25% up to HK$25,001 to HK$3,500,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from HK$3,500,001 to HK$31,000,000 of the Hammer Price
13.9% over HK$31,000,001 of the Hammer Price.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.