A Nostalgic Taste Of Traditional Tet Atmosphere Through Vietnamese Artist’s Paintings
Artist Tran Nguyen was born in 1990 into a farming family in Nam Dinh province. The peaceful life in the countryside and his childhood memories have inspired the young artist to create wonderful paintings with sentimental feelings.
|The peaceful life in the countryside and his childhood memories have inspired the young artist to create wonderful paintings. Photo: Tran Nguyen
According to him, his hometown contains of the happiest childhood stories and images, especially every Tet holiday, when the families gather around to celebrate a new year.
“When we were children, we often gathered with our families on the days leading up to Tet with so much joy and excitement. Growing up and leaving Nam Dinh to work in the city, I never forgot my hometown and those memories of my childhood. Over time, life changes, and the once strong families, now do not see each other anymore. But the memories and sentiments remain forever in my mind. Therefore, I created an album of traditional Tet paintings to express my feelings, and to educate the young generation about the past and Vietnamese culture,” Tran Nguyen said.
|The sketches of Vietnamese villages during Tet make viewers recall the peaceful moments of their childhood. Photo: Tran Nguyen
He also shared, “There are many artists who have explored this topic, each artist draws beautifully with different emotions and styles. The unique feature of my paintings is probably the tone of nostalgia. In each work, there are childhood memories of each person in it.”
|Before New Year's Eve. Photo: Tran Nguyen
Each painting by Tran Nguyen is like a movie going back in time, bringing the audience back to the past with Tet scenes typical of old Northern villages.
|The taste of Tet, Photo: Tran Nguyen
Scenes of family reunions wrapping banh chung, people visiting the spring flower markets, bustling village streets, and children playing, all were recreated realistically and vividly through the brushes of the artist.
The sketches of Vietnamese villages during Tet make viewers recall the peaceful moments of their childhood. For many people, no matter how far they go, the rustic scenery of their hometowns will always be in their hearts.
Tran Nguyen’s village painting set includes more than 60 works. His first works were posted on social networks and were appreciated by a lot of people. When the paintings began to go viral, it gave the young artist the motivation to draw more quality works.
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