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Artful propaganda paintings to cheer COVID-19 frontline heroes on

17:41 | 03/08/2020

With the aptitude for arts, many young Vietnamese have sketched out aesthetic portraits of COVID-19 brave heroes who are fighting round the clock against the novel coronavirus. 

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Nguyen Thi Huong's first painting depicts a female frontline doctor who spends days and nights working in hospitals (Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Huong, via Thanh Nien)

Photos of medical personnel fully equipped with face masks, protective gear, and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam are among the most notable ones.

Nguyen Thi Huong, 29, has published her series of COVID-19-themed paintings depicting the different sentiment of frontline doctors and nurses on the Internet and has garnered considerable attention.

Seeing the doctors working relentlessly to bring back safety for the country, putting other people’s lives before theirs, I’m very touched. I want to do something to cheer them on, something can be my token of gratitude to them during this straining pandemic time”, Huong told Thanh Nien. “I believe my small gift would somehow energize them”.

Huong's first painting depicts a female frontline doctor who spends days and nights working in hospitals, who is greatly missing her son back home but cannot return home. She represents sacrificing their personal interests for the great things.

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The second painting portraying the silent heroes, who put on stuffy protective costumes from head to toes every time they're on duty (Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Huong, via Thanh Nien)

The second painting portraying the silent heroes, who put on stuffy protective costumes from head to toes every time they're on duty. No one knows their names, but they still bravely face death all day long to save other people’s lives.

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The third painting pictures the moment Vietnam won the last COVID-19 pandemic (Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Huong, via Thanh Nien)

In the last painting, Huong pictures the moment Vietnam won the last COVID-19 pandemic. In the painting, the nurse and the baby are beaming with joys as they have finally wiped out the virus in the country and ended the three-week-long social distancing period. As a new outbreak is ravaging Vietnam once again after new batches of locally-transmitted cases constantly emerging across the country, Huong wants to reassure people that everything will be okay, like it used to be in the last outbreak.

artful propaganda paintings to cheer covid 19 frontline heroes on
Le Cong Duy Tinh's photo portraying Deputy Prime Minister (Photo courtesy of Le Cong Duy Tinh, via Thanh Nien)

Like Huong, Le Cong Duy Tinh, 22, a college student from Saigon University of Technology also wants to inspire people in the anti-COVID-19 battle through his drawings.

As the pandemic is crawling its way back, I want to do something encouraging. And as Deputy Prime Minister is someone I really look up to, I’d portraited him out, along with the images of doctors who are dedicating to their work”, Tinh said.

The artwork, which took the 22-year-old student over 12 hours to finish, is Tinh’s gratitude towards the Deputy PM in particular, and the Vietnamese government and all the frontline workers in general for their recent tremendous efforts in containing the virus.

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