Title: Cruise Boat amist landscape.
Medium: Oil on silk.
Measurement: Height: 40cm x Length: 50 cm.
Artist: Ton That Dao.
1931-1937 Indochina School of Fine Arts in Hanoi.
1957 The first rector of the newly Hue College of Art.
1939 Work exhibited in Hanoi.
1940 Work exhibited in Japan.
1945 Work exhibited in Saigon.
1950 Work exhibited in Vatican.
1957 Well recognized as one of the teachers and directors of the Fine Art School in Hue.
Tôn Thât Dao was born in Hue, a member of the Royal family. The Indochina School of Fine Arts in the 1930′, where teaching was at its best, and many very diversified talents (Luong Xuan Nhi and Le Yen) among others were brought together to contribute in the building of a harmonious and original synthesis strong enough to give birth to an incredible art school. After graduation, Ton continued his experimentation on silk, wood and Do paper (paper made from the bark of Rhamnoneuron balansae traditionally produced in many villages in Vietnam), using various mediums such as ink and colour, oil and pencil. He is known for his lyrical and romantic paintings. Ton That Dao portrayed here a serene landscape of cruise boat along riverbank on a misty day.
Tôn Thât Dao started teaching in the Khai Dinh Lycée in Hue, where he first lived, as well as in Dong Khanh College. Furthermore, he developed other talents such as cinema storyboarding and in book illustration. Later he would become the teacher of Bao Long, the imperial Prince and son of Bao Dai in 1941. Bao Long always evoked his master with respect such as when he conducted a personal interview in Paris, 1995.
A royal family member, a traditionalist, a teacher, a man from the “South”: all of this was too much for the Vietnamese official historiography after 1975. And hence Tôn Thât Dao does not appear in the different official hagiographies. Socially, like many others – his existence was muffled and erased. He died in 1979 taking with him all his memories of a world well gone leaving a few traces like in this magnificent work where a young lady (certainly about to get married) is getting ready with the help of two others.