Tet comes, memorizing folk paintings

Friday, January 27, 2017

(National Times) – On Lunar New Year, everyone is interested into decorated some folk paintings with an expectation of good luck and prosperity.

Folk paintings are a combination of traditional cultural values in many generations. Two types of Vietnamese folk paintings are Tet (Lunar New Year Festival) paintings and worshipping paintings.

These brightly colored pictures are drawn, engraved on wood, and printed with rudimentary means on home- made paper coated with white oyster- shell powder.   

Painters trained in modern schools are developing and popularizing this art of the people helping traditional artists improve their technique and find new subjects.

The most long-standing and popular paintings are Dong Ho woodblocks and Hang Trong and Kim Hoang paintings from the northern province of Bac Ninh and Hanoi, and Nam Hoanh and Sinh village paintings from Nghe An and Thua Thien- Hue provinces in the central region. They can also feature landscape, flowers, goats and calligraphy at the same time.

Tet-themed paintings have featured insoem paintings.  Paintings on Tet (Lunar New Year) have long been a fixture of local celebrations and flamboyant colours about New Year wishes.

The folk paintings were used to decorate houses during New Year celebrations, driving away evil and bringing good luck for the coming year.

All these very simple pictures breathe optimism as they reflect of the people’s daily life and the special features of the peasant’s outlook social. By the technical point of view, the artists can use simple colors: Green, red, and yellow dominate. In order to make the thatch cottages brighter, the artists exchange actual colors for more lively ones.

Every year, the Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam Cultural and Scientific Centre will always organise the Spring Calligraphy Festival as a chance for discovery of folk paintings on Lunar New Year.


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