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Art exhibition shines spotlight on women’s reading in Hanoi

Monday, September 25, 2023, 17:34 GMT+7
Art exhibition shines spotlight on women’s reading in Hanoi
A painting of women reading books by Trinh Lu. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Seventeen well-known painters are showcasing their works depicting women reading books at an art exhibition at The Muse Artspace on Trang Tien Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

The ‘Women Read Books’ exhibition, which opened on Friday last week, is scheduled to last until Monday next week.

These painters of several generations come from the southern and northern regions. They include men and women, and even Vietnamese living in Poland.

Their paintings glorify women’s reading habits.

Their ‘women read books’ paintings reflect their own stories about their feelings of reading through various postures such as sitting and lying.

Painter Phan Cam Thuong brought a sketch of a schoolgirl and her book during a break of his fine art class to the art exhibition.

In his class, some students join for a few hours, while others pursue their passion from morning until night. They often take advantage of breaks in the class to study another subject, or read books, which touches him deeply.

Painter Trinh Lu loves books and has dedicated his life to reading, writing, and painting. Therefore, he also admires bookworms.

The image of a woman reading a book with her child becomes so beautiful in his eyes.

Therefore, he painted the image.

A sketch of a schoolgirl and her book by Pham Cam Thuong. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A sketch of a schoolgirl and her book by Pham Cam Thuong. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Some painters participating in the exhibition also painted their concerns over the fading habit of reading as there are countless attractive entertainment activities.

Painter Cao Nam Tien said that he rarely sees people reading books, even women.

Among book readers, some showed him a feeling of engrossing reading.

A work of art about girls reading books by Nguyen Ha Phuong. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A work of art about girls reading books by Nguyen Ha Phuong. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Red Book, a painting by Cao Nam, reflects the fact that the reading habit is fading. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Red Book, a painting by Cao Nam, reflects the fact that the reading habit is fading. Photo: Tuoi Tre

He painted a young woman holding a book in her hand, but the book seems to fly out of it. The book features a red cover, and is named ‘Red Book.’

This means reading in the present world is likely to be listed in the Red Book.

Female painters Do Thi Anh Hoa and Nguyen Phuong Hoa realize that people are reading fewer books than those in their generations. Also, their children seldom read tomes.

Painter Nguyen Phuong Hoa’s work of art about her daughter reading a book. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Painter Nguyen Phuong Hoa’s work of art about her daughter reading a book. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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