Friday, December 30, 2016

The Art of Resistance: Sketches of the Vietnamese National Liberation Front 1964 - 1966 Part II

The second part of our look at this art of liberation and resistance. The first part can be found at this link. 

In 1967 Liberation Publishing House -- which was the publishing house of the South Vietnamese National Liberation Front -- put out a remarkable series of folders that contained sketches drawn by artists who were on the front line of the fight to liberate South Vietnam.

Called "South Vietnam Land and People" these amazing portraits of resistance run from drawings of sites that had been bombed by the Americans, to liberated villages, to individual guerrilla fighters. All were originally done in pen or crayon and, in this installment, date from 1964 or 1966.

While there are sketches from several artists, the most, by far, are by a remarkable artist Huynh Phuong Dong. Dong, happily, survived the war and died at the age of 88 in 2015. He is regarded in Vietnam as one of the greatest creators of what is called 'Liberation Art'.

These folders were accompanied by a brief but very moving leaflet that speaks of the terrible brutality and barbarity of the war and the spirit of resistance.

This is the second of two parts showing some of the sketches. They are divided by artist and are accompanied by their title/subject.

(Click on images to enlarge)

Artist: Nguyen Van Kinh

The Wreckage of an Enemy M-118 Armoured Car

Artist: Co Tan Long Chau

A Halt on the Journey

Artist: Le Hong Hai

Studying on Top of an Air Raid Shelter

Artist: Thai Ha

An NFL Cadre on a Mission

Making the Balance Sheet of a Demonstration

Mimeographing Newspapers and Leaflets

Artist: Huynh Phuong Dong

After an Engagement

Where the Ap Bac Battle was Fought


A Foot-Bridge

A Village School in Reconstruction After US Bombing

Binh-Duc After Liberation

A Makeshift Bridge

A Drawing Lesson

Food Scattered and Camouflaged Against Enemy Bombing

Thom Marketplace in the Liberated Zone

Digging Anti-Tank Ditches

Enemy Tanks Must Be Stopped

A Canteen for Combatants

A Grove of Coconut Palms

At Thom Landing-Place 

In the Liberated Area of Ba-Ria

Preparing for a Struggle Against the Enemy

An Evening Class in a Liberated Village

Go Luy After Liberation

Latania Leaves for Roofing

Rural Landscape

Mrs. Hai, A NFL Fighter

You'll Be Avenged My Child

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